City sock hops back in time

Kitsch in the Swich will be held in Ipswich City Square on Saturday, September 26. Photo Contributed
Kitsch in the Swich will be held in Ipswich City Square on Saturday, September 26. Photo Contributed Contributed

VINTAGE fashion, classic cars and swinging rock 'n' roll music will take locals back in time when Ipswich City Square presents the third annual Kitsch in the Swich, Vintage and Rockabilly Fashion Fiesta.

The one-day event is part of the Ipswich Fashion Festival and will see thousands flock to the centre of town for a day of fashion and fun.

Ipswich City Square marketing manager Rachel Vickary said this year's fiesta was going to be the biggest yet.

"We've included all the traditional Kitsch in the Swich classics - the Pinup Parades, the Prom King and Queen Pageant, plus this year we're incorporating Punch and Judy puppet theatre, seaside donkey rides, and a one-day, pop-up beach straight from the fifties called Brighton Beach '53," she said.

"The vintage rockabilly trend just keeps growing and it's such a great fashion style. This year's event is going to be huge.

"This year we have also partnered with Cool Cruisers Inc to present the Spring Classic that runs from 2-8pm, with over 250 vehicles lining the streets of Ipswich."

Ms Vickary said Brisbane, Ellenborough and Bell streets would be blocked off to allow for the hundreds of classic cars (story page 5).

"The whole centre of Ipswich will be activated for the day. It'll be great," she said.

"We'd love for people to dress in their best '50s fashion but people can also get their make-up touched up at our free pamper parlour and shop at a range of vintage stalls."

There will be entertainment for all ages with special guests including West Texas Crude, Miss Chrissy from the Lindy Charm School, Swing a Billy Ray, the Eastside Belles, Bonnie Rose Burlesque and Miss Katrina Lee all hitting the stage for live music.

Kitsch in the Swich will be held in Ipswich City Square on Saturday from 2-7pm. For more visit

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