Allora – the “best little town on the Downs” commemorates its 1869 municipality inauguration on 20th and 21st July, 2019
Fondly known as the “best little town on the Downs”, Allora – which is famous for movie-set streetscape, magical ties to Mary Poppins, sunflowers and being the hometown of renowned athletes Laura Geitz and Matthew Denny – will celebrate its 150-year history with two days of commemorations this weekend: 20th and 21st July.
A pioneer dinner, street parade featuring penny farthing bikes, vintage cars, Meet the Makers markets, bullock crossing re-enactment’, a poet’s breakfast, storytelling, afternoon tea at Talgai Homestead and bonfires are just some of the highlights of Allora’s two-day 150 year celebratory program featuring ticketed and free events for all to attend.
His Excellency, the Honourable Paul De Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland will officially open the celebrations at 11am on Saturday, 20th July at Allora’s recently renovated Old Shire Chambers.
Allora is located a short 20 minute drive from Warwick and the 150 year celebrations will coincide with the 16th annual Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival – Queensland’s quirkiest yarnbombing and jazz winter festival staged from 18th to 28th July.
PR member of the Allora District Historical Society, John Cowley says the celebrations mark 150 years of local government when Allora was proclaimed a municipality and throw a spotlight on the town’s unique identity and remarkable history.
“Allora is a much-loved town with a closely connected local community and it has been fantastic to look back through history and create an exciting program of events to commemorate Allora’s sesquicentennial milestone,” Mr Cowley said.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Allora to join in our celebrations and discover all that Allora has to offer,” he said.
“Two of the headline events with Gary Fogarty as MC & entertainer, include our SOLD OUT Pioneer Dinner and our Poet’s Breakfast on Sunday morning at the RSL.”