Parade ready to rumble in Taroom

AGEING engines will roar into life at Taroom on Saturday, September 26, as the town celebrates Queensland's 150th birthday with a street parade and races.

The street parade, organised by the Taroom Historical Society, will start at 10am at the truck stop, then head up the main street and out to the racecourse.

Historical Society president John Hay said the parade would include restored trucks, tractors and other machinery from Taroom, Biloela, Gladstone and Gayndah.

“Local businesses and clubs will have floats,” Mr Hay said.

“The floats will be under wraps until the day.”

Once the procession winds its way up to the race track, there will be a chance for children to load up with sweets during the 11.30am lolly drop.

Adults can tuck into a chicken and champagne lunch from midday and take a look around the stalls, while the children can have a ride on the merry-go-round.

“There's a fair amount of excitement in town about it,” Mr Hay said. The first of five races begin at 1.30pm and Taroom Race Club president Graham Rewald is expecting a strong field for the 1400m Taroom Cup.

The races will celebrate 150 years of racing in Taroom, but a bigger celebration will be held at the December races, held one day after the anniversary of the town's first-ever race meeting.

There will be a fashion parade after the last race at 4.30pm with country singer Jeff Brown to hit the stage and a DJ will keep the dancers grooving until late.

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