Hot party-go­ers join race day fun

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The much-an­tic­i­pated Mar­ble Bar Ball and Races drew more than 1500 peo­ple to Aus­tralia’s hottest town at the week­end.

The an­nual black-tie ball drew crowds from as far as Perth and the Kim­ber­ley on Fri­day night, decked in colours of the Pil­bara to suit the theme of the evening.

Lo­cally raised meat sourced from Out­back Beef and food catered by Mad Clap­pin’ Harry’s kept hun­gry pa­trons full, while the band kept peo­ple en­ter­tained.

Ju­lia Short and Declan Keogh im­pressed or­gan­is­ers with their out­fits, claim­ing their crowns as belle and beau of the ball.

A spokes­woman for At­las Iron, a spon­sor for the past few years, said the com­pany was hon­oured to sup­port such an his­toric event that brought to­gether peo­ple from re­gional cen­tres, re­mote pas­toral sta­tions, min­ing workers and in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

She said the event pro­moted social co­he­sion and in­ter­ac­tion within the com­mu­nity and pro­vided an eco­nomic stim­u­lus for Mar­ble Bar busi­nesses.

The night was fol­lowed by the Mar­ble Bar Cup Race Day, when thou­sands of peo­ple en­tered the gates of the race­course to spend the day sur­rounded by spinifex and red hills.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

The fa­mous Mar­ble Bar mixed breed undies race.

Run­ners on the Mar­ble Bar mixed breed undies race.

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