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13 September, 2021

Oakey's Carnival of Flowers float taking shape

With a little over a week to go until the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Floral Parade, the small but hard working group of volunteers, alongside a team of Oakey State High School students, is close to completing the frame of the Oakey community float with only the flowers and decorations left to create.

Oakey State High School teacher John Joyce, Coops Construction Queensland’s David Cooper, Heritage Bank community and sponsorship manager Jan Johnson and Oakey community carnival float coordinator Zoe Grainger inspect the progress on the float at the high school’s trade training centre.

The float is the culmination of months of hard work, dedication and ingenuity from volunteers and students who worked to create a concept and frame that was both representative of Oakey and could be easily transported into Toowoomba.

Coordinator Zoe Grainger said with the horse sculpture now in place, the float just needs the live and hand-crafted flowers.

“Along with the high school’s ag plot, we’ve been growing about 500 plants from seeds,” she said.

“Now it’s time to pot them up and transport the float to Toowoomba before putting the decorations on.”

With no initial blueprints for the design, Ms Grainger said the volunteers and students problem-solved solutions and often changed the look of the float to suit the requirements of the Carnival organisers.

“We had a few curve balls thrown at us along the way, but we always found a solution,” she said.

Ms Grainger encouraged all local residents to go to the parade on Saturday, September 18 to cheer on the Oakey float.

She also said anyone wanting to lend a hand should get in contact with here via the ‘Oakey’s - Carnival of Flowers Float’ Facebook page.

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