FES­TI­VAL BIG­GER, BET­TER THAN EVER

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

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 on Oc­to­ber 6 and has be­come a cor­ner­stone in the South West’s event cal­en­dar, reg­u­larly at­tract­ing more than 20,000 peo­ple to the area from around the State.

The 2018 event will re­volve around an Ir­ish theme, based upon the 150th an­niver­sary of con­vict John Boyle O’Reilly’s es­cape from WA.

Fes­ti­val chair­woman Jill Cross said there would be some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“The RAC Vir­tual Re­al­ity He­li­copter will be com­ing to Dar­danup, al­low­ing peo­ple to get in and ex­pe­ri­ence a he­li­copter res­cue and tak­ing a pa­tient to hos­pi­tal,” she said.

“We’ve got 180 food and mar­ket stalls, busi­ness stalls, plus a heap of new at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties – some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

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, as well as an in­flux of trash and trea­sure stalls which will be set up in the Dar­danup Hall.

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 the shire, and pro­vided enor­mous amounts of ex­po­sure for the re­gion and com­mu­nity. “With be­tween 10,000 and 20,000 peo­ple com­ing to town, the ex­po­sure for the Fer­gu­son Val­ley and Dar­danup is just great and im­por­tantly, it brings the com­mu­nity to­gether,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Do­ral health and saftey of­fi­cer Craig Bovell, Bull and Bar­rel event 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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