GO­ING STRONG 150 YEARS ON

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SERV­ING THE COM­MU­NITY: Cun­na­mulla Store is one of many busi­nesses that have served its com­mu­nity over the years.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TURN­ING BACK THE CLOCK: Will you dress up in 1970s fash­ion to com­mem­o­rate Princess Anne’s visit where she planted a tree in Cun­na­mulla?

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