AUSTRALIA ZOO FUNDRAISING
News Source: The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley STAR, page 1, Wednesday 15 September, 2004
The three-day Spring Festival in Laidley was a success, according to organisers, with the street parade on Saturday.
Although the number of people visiting the various events on Thursday was down with the wet weather, Saturday’s sunshine brought local families and visitors out in force. The crowd watching the street parade was estimated to be 25 to 35 per cent larger than last year.
As usual, the Chelsea Flower Show was a hit, with visitors to the cultural centre enjoying the creative displays featuring famous personalities such as Lleyton Hewitt, Dolly Parton, Don Burke and Slim Dusty.
Steve Irwin took centre stage in a lifelike scene complete with a hungry crocodile and other Aussie creatures.
The floral arrangements featured in the alcove displays were of a high quality, and the subject of much admiration.
While in the Laidley Cultural Centre, visitors also had the chance to see examples of work by the Laidley Air Society, as well as a plant show and sale by the Lockyer Valley Orchid Society.
As well as thousand of orchid varieties on display, a Bromeliad feature – the ‘Brom Family’, created by June Neithe – was a clever addition to the orchid show.