Lilac Festival Committee held its first information session for this year's event where members of the community were given a glimpse into what it is like to be the Lilac Queen.
Reigning queen April Watson and former queen Lois Hill, who won the title in 1964) were present to share their experiences in the role.
Committee president Carol James encourages those who would like to participate to get in touch with the committee.
"We have an enthusiastic committee who is willing to step behind whoever wants to participate. We are ready to help even if it means helping them with fundraising ideas," she added.
The candidate who will win the title this year will be joined by April Watson and Lois Hill at this year's parade.
"We want everyone to be included. Whether it's a float or little ones on their bikes, or people who use mobility aids, the parade is for everyone in our community," the Lilac Queen said.
The Lilac Queen will win a holiday for two at Mantra Gold Coast, a professional photo and will get invited to various community events as well.
Cr James remembers 2019 as a great year for the biggest three-day festival held over the October long weekend.
"This year, we plan to go ahead with the festival as we did in 2019. We want to celebrate our 70th year by looking back at the history of the festival and making it bigger and better," she said.
Several new events will be introduced this year including a quilt show by CanAssist.
Meanwhile, the organisers are planning to hold several events virtually like it was done last year due to Covid.
Australia's longest-running community festival was named the Lilac City Festival because lilacs grew all along the back of Belmore Park and near the railway station at that time.
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