Car­ni­vale strikes chord of suc­cess

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

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.

Pic­tures: Karen Hunt

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.

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