Carnivale strikes chord of success
THE annual Medieval Carnivale drew an estimated 10,000 people, including about 3000 children, to Balingup at the weekend.
“It’s been the best year ever for participation by far,” president Fred Mills said on Monday.
“Through the gate we’re probably 20 per cent up on our best year.”
Fine weather contributed to increased ticket sales but the carnival also had a good reputation which drew stallholders and fighting groups back year after year, Mr Mills said.
The total raised is not yet known but ticket sales alone brought in about $100,000, he said.
Takings were reinvested in facilities such as the new $50,000 fighting arena and helped fund the visitor centre and community events such as the Telling Tales festival.
Mr Mills said about 2000 people stayed for the ceremonial burning of the dragon on Saturday night and organisers were already planning how to improve the viewing area.
FANTASY and folklore were the inspiration for the thousands of people who descended on Balingup for a day of medieval-themed fun on Saturday. Revellers dressed as characters from popular movies and TV shows as they browsed the many stalls, listened to music and watched all the action of the grand parade and in the arena ahead of the burning of the dragon.
Volunteer Deb Vanallen leads a giant carnival emblem during the Medieval Carnivale grand parade on Saturday.
Nicole, Grace, Alexis, Paige and Olivia Tate, of Collie, came in full Viking costume.
Pilgrims from Perth, Cameron Fegan and Colbee, Nick, Russell and Wesley Brooke.
Zoe Nicolaou, of Rockingham, and Mellissa Stewart, enjoy their first carnivale.
Festival regulars Guido Linder and Caroline Pittard, of Perth, came dressed as an executioner and the fantasy character Maleficent.
Parade master Kirsty Finn, of Bridgetown, clears the way for the King and Queen as they make their way through a crowd of revellers on Saturday.
The King and Queen lead the grand parade through the crowd of revellers.
Lenny Tangey, of the WA Berserkers medieval re-enactment group, with son Jack, 6.
Jim and Vicki Stoddart, who divide their time between Perth and Balingup, brought granddaughter Elizabeth to the carnivale.
Todd Giles and Karen Giles, of Witchcliffe, meet up with Dennis Whitfield, of Dead Man’s Gully.
Manjimup teens Isabella Slade and Kayla Moloney had fun interacting with the crowd on Saturday.