Cran­brook in full flight for Bloom Fes­ti­val

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

The Bloom Fes­ti­val got off to a fly­ing start on Septem­ber 22 when about 2000 peo­ple at­tended the Three-Sixty Bloom Ex­trav­a­ganza in Cran­brook.

Hid­den Trea­sures of the Great South­ern or­gan­ise the event and in­cluded a dis­tinct aerial theme this year.

There were he­li­copter joy rides avail­able, along with more sub­dued ac­tiv­i­ties such as kite-mak­ing work­shops and a per­for­mance which fea­tured fly­ing ac­ro­bats.

Hid­den Trea­sures chair­woman Vicki Brown said the fes­ti­val was a great way to cel­e­brate the re­gion.

“See­ing the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors alike en­joy­ing what the com­mu­nity has to of­fer just re­in­forces that th­ese re­gions are vi­brant places of cre­ativ­ity and pro­duc­tion, not to men­tion nat­u­ral beauty, and bloom fes­ti­vals are the per­fect way to share this with ev­ery­one,” she said.

Fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor Katy Shekell said there was a good va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages.

“A lot of the com­mu­nity were out and about, both young and old,” she said.

“The event is good for our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment too and peo­ple get to see what’s in their own back­yard which I think is a re­ally im­por­tant part of this fes­ti­val.”

One of the main events com­ing

up is the Mucky Duck Bush Band which was highly re­quested by the com­mu­nity.

The band will play from 5 to 9pm on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, at the Woodanilling Town Hall.

The fes­ti­val will con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber 21 with 81 dif­fer­ent events such as this held across the South West.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.hid­den­trea­sures.com.au

Eco faeries Cara Walker and Daisy Ker­mode at the open­ing of the Bloom Fes­ti­val in Cran­brook.

Po­lice of­fi­cer Jeff Os­bourne, of Cran­brook, and fire­fighter Howard Mackay, of Ten­ter­den.

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