Fes­ti­val back big­ger than ever be­fore

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Regional Focus -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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.

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