GET READY FOR THE BILBY BALL

Charleville is set to dress up for a furry cause

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

COME as what­ever the ‘F’ you want to be and help raise money for the bilby at the an­nual Fur Ball.

To cel­e­brate Na­tional Bilby Day, Charleville is once again host­ing the ball, with the theme of this year’s event be­ing to dress up as some­thing be­gin­ning with the let­ter ‘F’.

Mur­weh Shire mar­ket­ing and events co-or­di­na­tor Monique Johnson said there was an ex­cit­ing evening of en­ter­tain­ment lined up for the event.

“Hoozatt En­ter­tain­ment will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance again and Bil­lie the Bilby,” she said.

“The band Soul Repub­lic will be play­ing again and last year they had peo­ple up danc­ing all night long.”

Ms Johnson said at­ten­dees could dress up in their favourite ‘F’ themed cos­tume or come in free dress.

Some cos­tume ideas to help with in­spi­ra­tion in­clude fairies, flap­pers, farm­ers, frogs and – Ms Johnson’s per­sonal favourite – fried eggs on French toast.

For those want­ing to start the cel­e­bra­tions early, Translink is pro­vid­ing a re­turn bus from Charleville to Mor­ven for the races.

“Translink have been won­der­ful in cover­ing the costs of any­thing to do with travel this week­end,” Ms Johnson said.

“It makes a big dif­fer­ence when you can get a bit of fund­ing and the bus is re­ally af­ford­able for peo­ple.”

As well as the line-up of en­ter­tain­ment, there will be a bar op­er­at­ing, prizes from Sea World and Dream­word, plus lucky door prizes.

“The aim of the ball is re­ally to raise aware­ness of the bil­bies,” Ms Johnson said.

“We also en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come down on Sun­day morn­ing for a re­cov­ery break­fast at the Rail­way Sta­tion.”

There are cur­rently lim­ited seats avail­able for Translink’s bus to the Mor­ven races, so get in quick to se­cure your spot.

The bus will de­part for Mor­ven at 11am on Satur­day and will re­turn in time for the Fur Ball, which be­gins at 6pm.

Tick­ets for the bus and Fur Ball can be booked by phon­ing the Charleville Cos­mos Cen­tre on 4654 3681.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BILBY BALL: Monique Johnson, a Dame Edna look-alike from Hoozatt En­ter­tain­ment and Candice Stower at last year's Fur Ball in Charleville.

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