Ball-go­ers to samba, Rio style

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Re­becca Parish

Prepa­ra­tions are heat­ing up for the an­nual Mar­ble Bar Ball, as the com­mit­tee keeps hard at work to en­sure this year’s event is big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

And things are sure to get even hot­ter with Farmer Wants a Wife alumni Matt Goy­der an­nounced as an MC on the night along­side lo­cal milliner Amanda Smith.

Ball chair­woman Pip Short said the small but ded­i­cated com­mit­tee had been host­ing reg­u­lar “crafter­noon” ses­sions to cre­ate pa­pier-mache mara­cas for ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions and sev­eral other items for the Rio de Janeiro-in­spired gala ball.

“A lot of work goes into an event like this,” she said.

“We start or­gan­is­ing it in Fe­bru­ary — sort­ing cater­ing, se­cu­rity, band, grant and fund­ing sub­mis­sions, li­cences and ap­provals, theme, dec­o­ra­tions, ad­ver­tis­ing and so on.

“It is the big­gest week­end in Mar­ble Bar (and) it is a huge boost for the lo­cal econ­omy and a week­end that they are very proud of.”

Tick­ets for the event went on sale last month and cost $100 each.

Ms Short said the event was sure to once again be a huge hit, adding hav­ing a lo­cal celebrity such as Farmer Matt on board as a host for the ball was a huge win for the com­mit­tee. “It’s great the work Matt has done to raise the pro­file of the Pil­bara,” she said.

“It makes the event a bit more fun and hope­fully draws new peo­ple to it.

“We are also glad to have Amanda from Amanda Lynn, pre­vi­ously Gloria Pearl, come along again and be a guest judge and MC as well as hav­ing her do­nate the prize for the belle of the ball.

“She makes in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful prod­ucts that any­one would be hon­oured to wear and she was great fun last year.”

Prizes on the night will this year in­clude the ever pop­u­lar Belle of the Ball as well as the in­au­gu­ral Rossy Ro­tor Beau of the Ball, which is in mem­ory of last year’s Beau Ross McDow­ell who died in a heli­copter crash last year.

Ms Short said there would be some sur­prises in store on the night for pun­ters and urged guests to get their tick­ets fast to en­sure they didn’t miss out and so that cater­ing, which is be­ing done by new venue Mad Clap­pin’ Harry’s Cafe, could be con­firmed.

To buy tick­ets or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mar­ble­bar­races.com.

Matt Goy­der will MC this year's ball along­side milliner Amanda Smith.

Pic­tures: Kelly Bell

Amanda Smith

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