Festival back bigger than ever before
The annual LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival is back for 2018, promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Now in its 16th year, the Bull and Barrel Festival will be held tomorrow and has become a cornerstone in the South West’s event calendar, attracting more than 20,000 people from around the State.
This year’s event has an Irish theme, based on the 150th anniversary of convict John Boyle O’Reilly’s escape from WA.
A new attraction for 2018 is the RAC Virtual Reality Helicopter, where festival-goers can experience being part of a chopper rescue and hospital transfer.
There will also be trash and treasure stalls in Dardanup Hall.
Festival chairwoman Jill Cross said there would be something for everyone. “The RAC Virtual Reality Helicopter will be coming to Dardanup,” she said.
“We’ve got 180 food and market stalls, business stalls, plus a heap of new attractions and activities.”
Other attractions will include Irish dancing, a John Boyle O’Reilly multimedia show and live music from Irish band The Healys.
Dardanup Shire president Mick Bennett said the festival had a massive benefit on the town and shire. “The exposure for Ferguson Valley and Dardanup is great,” he said.
Doral health and safety officer Craig Bovell, festival organiser Jill Cross, Lauren Kellow, 6, Katherine Kellow, 10, Bull and Barrel minute secretary Clare Clements and Doral Mine manager Bruce Trepp.