RIDING HIGH: Ross Neale and his outstanding penny-farthing bicycle wowed the crowds at the Allora Autumn Festival.
RIDING HIGH: Ross Neale and his outstanding penny-farthing bicycle wowed the crowds at the Allora Autumn Festival. Jonno Colfs

Foxtrot, Pride of Erin and more revived for autumn festival

THE foxtrot, Pride of Erin and more beautiful old dances will be revived in Allora this weekend as part of the Allora Autumn Festival.

A Saturday night swing dance is a new addition to the Allora Autumn Festival program, replacing the dinner on Drayton held for the previous two years.

Allora Community Circle Inc president Sharlene Gladman said many residents in Allora still remembered the steps to the traditional dances.

"These are beautiful dances and I don't think it would hurt the young ones to learn them,” she said.

"There is a skill to them, but if they follow people that know how to do it, they're not hard to do.”

Running on Saturday and Sunday, another main attraction at the festival will be market stalls lining Herbet St.

Ms Gladman said about 50 stalls and food vans will be set up selling crafts, jewellery and more.

Displays of vintage cars will also be lined up to peruse and visitors can enjoy horse and carriage rides.

Music will be played in PL Travers Park, which was officially opened this week.

Visitors can start the day at the breakfast barbecue on Saturday at PL Travers Park, it will run from 7am-9.30am.

Ms Gladman said about 3000 people ventured to the festival last year and she was hoping for even more this year.

"We are the Best Little Town in the Downs and we're friendly, we welcome tourists so come on out and have a look,” Ms Gladman said.

The market and other attractions will run from about 8am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry to the Saturday night swing dance costs $15 per person, a light supper will be provided.

Dancing will start at 6pm and run until late at Allora Town Hall, tickets are available at the door.

For more information visit the Allora Autumn Festival Facebook page.