Redlands Easter Family Festival returns to Cleveland for 20th year

EASTER: The Redland Showgrounds is expected to host up to 20,000 visitors for the Redlands Easter Family Festival.
EASTER: The Redland Showgrounds is expected to host up to 20,000 visitors for the Redlands Easter Family Festival.

THOUSANDS are expected to flock to the Redland Showgrounds on Easter Monday for the Redlands Easter Family Festival, which will celebrate 20 years of food, fun and fellowship in 2019.

The festival was first held at Raby Bay park in 1999 with a small budget and a handful of volunteers. 

Since then, the festival has relocated to Redland Showgrounds on Long Street and has become one of the community's biggest events, with up to 20,000 visitors expected this year. 

About 400 volunteers will help out on the day.

It will feature rides and activities including a giant slide, jumping castles, rock climbing, cosplay and archery, as well as free food including a sausage sizzle, donuts, fairy floss, popcorn and sandwiches.

Live entertainment will include a number of speakers and music from around the world.

Event organiser Peter Sutter said the event was an opportunity for local churches and their members to demonstrate their love, care, support and encouragement for the local community, not only on Easter Monday but also on every other day of the year.

"It is for the churches to show the community the greater good of what we do," he said.

"We want to give back to the community."

He said festival visitors could attend without spending a dollar.

"It's a gift from the churches to our communities," he said.

The Redlands Easter Family Festival will be held at the Redland Showgrounds on April 22 from 10am to 3pm.

Rides, food and entry are free.