Tara Shire College's annual Book Week parade took over the main street.
Tara Shire College's annual Book Week parade took over the main street. Alana Calvert

Tara celebrates 19th annual Book Week parade

MONSTERS, superheroes, shaggy dogs, princesses, wizards and hundreds of other book characters descended on the main street of Tara for the town's annual tradition of the Tara Book Week parade.

On Friday, August 5, 300 children from the Tara Shire State College, St Joseph's and the local day care and child care centres participated in the much loved event which has been running for the past 19 years.

Beginning at Tara Shire State College, the procession of children were joined by teachers, family and carers as they walked from the school down the main street where Tara SES had closed the street to traffic.

Tara Police lead the huge assortment of children in all and every manner of creative and inventive dress up and then down the street while locals and shop owners left businesses to stand in the street and cheer the parade on.

Once the children finished their main street display, they went back to the school for Tara Shire State College principal Patric Brady, teacher Nikki Gauld and Tara Police officer Liam Cooper could judge the winners of the costume competition.

After a very difficult decision, the judges announced the winners as Alexis Todd, Alex Pope, Memphis Gilchrist, Ronin Palmer, Quentin Prain, Ruby Warwick, Jackson Hoey, Jackson Challis, Ben Morton, Ezmay Gilchrist, Addison Clay, Ella Gunther, Lacey Riches, James Arnold, Sindi Bishop, Darcy Neal, Pippa, Kade, Sharnee Gilchrist and Jackie Chalker.

Catie Williams from Tara Shire State College said there had been a noticeable difference in students engagement with reading in the years since the school introduced Book Week.

"Students fully embrace the Book Week celebrations and it reignites a love of reading," she said.

Photos from Chinchilla State School's Book Week celebrations will be in this Thursday's Chinchilla News.