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2018 Heart and Soul Festival a massive success

Providence’s annual Heart and Soul Fesitval was once again the talk of the Ripley Valley with over 4,000 member of the community attending to enjoy one of Ipswich’s most popular family, house and lifestyle events.

Now in its third year, the community-led festival continues to evolve and this year featured an array of food and drink vendors, live entertainment, market stalls and cooking and lifestyle demonstrations.

One of the highlights of the day was local fashion design business Ineke Fashions hosting a captivating fashion parade which saw several volunteer models showcase the latest bridal and formal wear.

One of the most successful new attractions at the festival was the kids dance party, which was so popular it required a hasty expansion of the dance floor to accommodate all the dancing feet.

Providence Community Development Management Felicity Hill thanked everyone from the community who helped make the day a success.

“The Heart and Soul Festival is now one of the biggest community-led events in Ipswich and its continued growth and success is a testament to the many volunteers who contribute time and resources,” she said.

“We look forward to being back bigger and better in 2019!”

The planning committee for the event, which is hosted by the Providence Community Group Incorporated, included Leanne Watson, Hayley Evens, Lea Vi, Meg Saunderson, Kelsey Hambleton, Jo Donaldson, Leevy Taukamo, Mikayla Miller and Felicity Hill.

The Boots for Bushies campaign also held a successful auction of several items including volunteer-stitched blankets made from over 300 granny squares crochets and homemade furniture crafted by the festival’s star guests, House Rules winners Luke and Cody.

While the original live band The Huntsman were unable to return due to the rescheduling of the event local band Jukebox stepped in to keep the festival’s energy alive throughout the day with incredible music.

Jukebox was ecstactic to have had the chance to perform at the festival, as one of the band members was in fact preparing to move to Providence after recently purchasing a block of land.

With the activities, food and entertainment all culminating in a grand fireworks display, this year’s festival was the perfect way to bring some heart and soul to the community.

The festival includes a number of highly-competitive events for locals with the garden competition among the most hotly-contested. Winners included:

  • Best Garden - Mary & Geoff Stalker
  • Best New Garden - Dean Currie
  • Best Containerised Garden - Mark Hambleton
  • Best Edible Garden – Dan Cann
  • Best Newly Established Edible Garden - Nicky Hume
  • Best Front Garden Newly Established - James Tockuss & Vanya Dzumhur
  • Best Front Garden Established - Sherie & Jason Biggs
  • Judges Encouragement Awards – Naida Williams and Erle & Holly Moetara

The Great Providence bake-off was a tie between Chloe Vaughan & Vanya Dzumhur with the photography competition won by Jason Clarke.