GOING STRONG 150 YEARS ON
CUNNUMULLA is celebrating 150 years this week.
Back in 1868, Cunnamulla courthouse opened. This saw the official start of the town’s 150 year history.
In more recent decades, Cunnamulla has begun to share its history with visitors through annual festivals.
The Cunnamulla 150 celebrations will give locals and visitors alike the chance to learn about the Cunnamulla of the past.
With a ball, tours and concerts, there is something for everyone.
DUST off your suits and frocks, polish up your best bling and get ready for the night of nights.
The Cunnamulla Gala 150 Ball is set to be a spectacular night.
Merry Higgins is the co-ordinator for the Cunnamulla 150 Committee.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a ball so everyone’s excited,” Ms Higgins said.
“Balls and dances played a big part in our social life.”
Dress code is formal but, beyond that, guests get to be creative with fashion choices from throughout the ages encouraged.
“We don’t have many occasions where we can put on our best frocks and men can wear their dapper suits,” Ms Higgins said.
Guests are encouraged to wear outfits inspired by any decade from the late 1800s to today’s fashions of choice.
“Whatever makes them feel beautiful,” Ms Higgins.
Beautiful outfits and old time dance tunes are sure to make for a special evening.
Ladies in attendance have a chance to be crowned ‘Belle of the Ball’.
The winning lady will be selected based on her appearance and demeanour.
“The Bell of the Ball will be the stand out lady for the night,” Ms Higgins said.
“It might be someone who is 19 or someone who is 50.”
“She will be someone who will shine.”
Bringing back some names and faces from Cunnamulla’s past, winners of the Opal Queen, awarded at Cunnamulla’s Opal Festivals, will be in attendance.
The Opal Queens will be meeting and greeting ball goers as they arrive.
Help has come in from all over the town to make this event a success.
Volunteers will be catering the ball with a finger food supper.
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