Roll up - it's festival time!

Spring in their step: The Bennett wagon which made the town famous in its early years , will be part of the St Marys Spring Festival main parade this Saturday from 12.30pm. Pictured are Graham Fitzpatrick from Vintage FM, event organiser Vanessa Campbell and her daughter Isobel. Picture: Anna Warr

Spring in their step: The Bennett wagon which made the town famous in its early years , will be part of the St Marys Spring Festival main parade this Saturday from 12.30pm. Pictured are Graham Fitzpatrick from Vintage FM, event organiser Vanessa Campbell and her daughter Isobel. Picture: Anna Warr

IT'S that time of the year when St Marys springs into action.

The town is getting ready for its biggest day of the year this Saturday when more than 20,000 people pack Queen Street for the 39th St Marys Spring Festival.

Popular children's character Peppa Pig and last year's X Factor winner Dami Im headline the attractions set to make this year's festival the best yet.

It started in the mid-1970s when local businessmen and interested citizens formed a committee promote the St Marys township.

Up until now, the St Marys Development Committee had organised the annual festival since 1977, a year after the inaugural event.

St Marys Town Centre employed Vanessa Campbell to help organise this year's event after the committee disbanded late last year.

It takes the best part of a year to organise the day.

"I've been very popular in the past few months," Mrs Campbell said.

"Our hope is for sunshine and lots of happy people enjoying what Queen Street has to offer. Local organisations will be putting their best foot forward."

Town centre chairman Steve Perry added: "It's traditionally a great day out and we have some major headline acts to make this year's festival the best ever. To get Dami and Peppa Pig is a big coup for St Marys."

Dami Im will perform songs from her new album at 1pm, while country performer Jayne Denham will perform at 2.35pm.

Both will do a meet and greet with fans at St Marys Sound Centre after their performances.

More than 40 floats and walking groups will take part in the grand parade, ranging from dance and sports clubs to schools and obedience training groups.

Other attractions include 220 stalls, reptile displays, amusement rides, an animal farm and three stages of jam- packed entertainment.

"There are more opportunities than ever for St Marys residents to perform," Mrs Campbell said.

The St Marys Spring Festival marks the start of three weekends of festival fun.

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