Australia's longest-running community festival is all set to showcase the rich history of the festival this year.
The festival was started by then Mayor JB Mullen and the October long weekend event is an integral part of the city's history.
This year, photographs dating back to the 1950s, when the event started, will be displayed on the windows of the main street to showcase its rich history.
Committee president Carol James encourages everyone to get behind the Lilac Festival and participate.
"People can light up their home in lilac and plant lilac in their gardens to show their support. I encourage everyone to dress up in lilac and share the photos with us on our Facebook page," she said.
"This year, we are unable to celebrate the event in person due to COVID-19 but we can make someone smile and have a pleasant weekend."
Last year, the festival marked the re-incarnation of the street parade which was missing for a few years and has a long history of community involvement.
The Lilac Queen will still be crowned and people can continue to vote for their favourite candidate. Jenna D'Apice, Shanay Little and Brittany Bryant are the contenders for the crown this year.
The Lilac Queen candidates are selling raffle tickets so people can head to their Facebook pages which will have online options to purchase these tickets.
Popular events like the garden festival, Lilac Baby, Prince and Princess competitions will be held online. Details about participation in these events will be shared by the committee soon.
The 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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