Fes­ti­val to blend old and new

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing in Tom Price as the big­gest event on the town’s cal­en­dar, Name­less Jarn­dun­munha Fes­ti­val, is hap­pen­ing this week­end.

Tak­ing its name from Tom Price’s Mt Name­less/ Jarn­dun­munha, the fes­ti­val has been run­ning for 45 years and at­tracts thou­sands of lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

This year, fes­ti­val go­ers can en­joy an ar­ray of events and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a street pa­rade, art ex­hi­bi­tion, motoring show, tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, mar­kets, dog show, rides and amuse­ments and much more.

In keep­ing with the year’s theme, Rewind, or­gan­is­ers brought the Mt Namess­less King of the Moun­tain race and the Name­less Ball back from the ar­chives.

There are also some new events on this year’s fes­ti­val pro­gram in­clud­ing the Grease, Gears and Grills motoring show and the Home In­dus­try com­pe­ti­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion.

Kick­ing off this Fri­day from 4pm, Clem Thomp­son Oval will be a hub of ac­tiv­ity with mar­ket stalls, en­ter­tain­ment and rides and amuse­ments.

One of the fes­ti­val’s most pop­u­lar events is the street pa­rade, start­ing at 9am this Satur­day from the RSL Park on Aca­cia Street.

The street pa­rade will fea­ture hun­dreds of peo­ple lin­ing the streets to view colour­ful floats cre­ated by schools and com­mu­nity groups.

Car en­thu­si­asts will be able to view a range of ve­hi­cles from all cor­ners of the Pil­bara at the in­au­gu­ral Grease, Gears and Grills event on the fes­ti­val grounds.

Peo­ple will also be able to grab a drink from the bar and vote for their favourite ve­hi­cle through­out the day in the best mo­tor­bike, best car, un­der con­struc­tion and best rewind ve­hi­cle cat­e­gories.

Event or­gan­iser Kelly Ged­des said the car show was one not to miss.

“The whole idea of the fes­ti­val is that it’s fam­ily-fo­cused but there hasn’t been a lot for the blokes to en­joy,” she said.

“I think it’s go­ing to be a huge high­light.”

An­other new event is Home In­dus­try, which will show­case the in­no­va­tion, in­ge­nu­ity and cre­ativ­ity of Pil­bara lo­cals.

Lo­cals of all ages have en­tered their cre­ations to be judged in the wear­able art, cake dec­o­rat­ing, pre­serves, sewing and hand­craft, fine art, flo­ral ar­range­ment, pho­tog­ra­phy, gar­den­ing, bak­ing and de­sign tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gories.

The cre­ations will be dis­played to the public at the fes­ti­val grounds through­out the week­end.

An­other cel­e­bra­tion of Pil­bara tal­ent is the TP Fac­tor tal­ent show.

Run­ning through­out the day on Satur­day on the vil­lage green, in­di­vid­u­als or groups can show off their singing, danc­ing, mu­si­cal skills or a se­cret hid­den tal­ent.

Dig out your vin­tage dresses, poo­dle skirts, bell bot­tom jeans or any vin­tage fash­ion to go in the run­ning to be named Retro Queen of the Green.

The Retro Queen of the Green will be an­nounced at 4pm on the vil­lage green and will win five nights ac­com­mo­da­tion at Broome Ca­ble Beach Club Re­sort.

Pet own­ers can pa­rade their furry friends at the Fes­ti­val Dog Show at 3pm on the oval on Satur­day.

There will be prizes for mag­nif­i­cent mutt, per­fect pure-bred, awe­some old timer, best sausage catcher, obe­di­ence and fancy dress.

At 7.30pm on Satur­day, the sky will light up with fireworks.

Fol­low­ing the fireworks dis­play, bands Pil­bara Blend and The New En­trants will see the fes­ti­val out for 2017 with some rock­ing tunes.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the shire was proud to sup­port the com­mu­nity event with Rio Tinto.

“The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee have done a tremen­dous job in rein­vig­o­rat­ing an iconic event, that brings our com­mu­nity to­gether and show­cases the many tal­ented peo­ple and pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties we have in Tom Price,” she said.

“The Name­less Jarn­dun­munha Fes­ti­val is al­ways a highly an­tic­i­pated event and the line-up for this year is im­pres­sive, with the in­tro­duc­tion of many ac­tiv­i­ties that are rem­i­nis­cent of the fes­ti­val’s early years.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit name­less­fes­ti­val.com.au.

Pic­ture: Rebecca Par­ish

Many lo­cals walked in last year's pa­rade, don­ning some colour­ful out­fits.

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