2012 Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival News

Periodic showers had crowds at the 2012 Festival either running for cover or in the case of children, enjoying the excuse to get wet. The Hall and the Ferguson Valley Wine and Beer marquee were very popular places offering our Festival visitors shelter as well as lots of action with the vast array of quilts and kitchen memorabilia celebrating rural women and the display from the die cast club of all the miniature trains and vehicles. Festival visitors enjoyed sampling Ferguson Valley wines, beers, cheeses and tasty pizzas all while listening to the non stop music on the nearby stage.

New to the Festival this year was Mr Sparkles the Magician and Phil Doncon’s Paint Storm both performing on our new 2nd stage. Phil Doncon has promised to come back in 2013 as his energetic show was loved by everyone – just imagine Rolf Harris on steroids painting, for those old enough to remember his big slap dash paintings.

The Remote Control Trucks were new in 2012 and enjoyed by the big and little boys. They are coming back in 201

3 with some new tricks and want us to supply some sand for their large toys to move– can’t wait!

Our Festival visitors all love animals and in 2012 they were thoroughly spoilt with the addition of the Donkeys to our programme, the popular Miniature Horses in harness back from 2011 and Guess the Weight of Larry the Charolaise steer. The animal nursery organised by our own Dardanup P&F was very popular with the children and what’s more it’s free. Alongside the animal nursery was the Free Go for 2&5 Kids Activity marquee. Some 490 crafts made, play in the huge sand pit, drawing on the equally huge chalk table, fun with facepainting and play with colourful playdo made by our own Festival Committee, many young children had the time of their life.
The Festival finale was again a huge spectacle. Jacob and Sophie from Dream State Circus fire twirled and sent sparks flying in all directions. They are so clever and we love their performances during the day and in the evening. The burning of the bull then took centre stage. The best fire sculpture yet everyone exclaimed and no one thought any different. This year in keeping with our Year of the Farmer theme Russell Sheridan had created the bull driving a tractor with the farmer and his dog seated on the carryall. And it burnt spectacularly. Like to see that! Well it’s a shame you didn’t. But you have another chance.
Come along to the 2013 Festival and see what Russell has created this year.

Thank you to our sponsors

The following businesses sponsored the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival in 2012. Please consider supporting them as they have supported this community.

Doral Mineral Sands, major sponsor.

  • Lotterywest
  • Govt of W.A.
  • Dept of Regional Development and Lands
  • Royalties for Regions
  • Eventscorp
  • CANWA
  • FRRR
  • Healthway
  • Go for 2&5
  • South West Development Commission
  • Shire of Dardanup
  • BHP Worsley Alumina
  • Westrac
  • Wespine
  • Simcoa Operations
  • South Western Times
  • Rose Hotel
  • D.B.C.
  • T.J. Depiazzi and Sons
  • Fencing Unlimited
  • Tyrepower Bunbury
  • Machinery West
  • K&S Freighters
  • Dynea
  • AMD Chartered Accountants
  • Jenker Timbers
  • MGIB
  • Radio West/Hot FM
  • Laminex Group
  • Raine and Horne
  • GCS Hire
  • Totally Sound
  • Dardanup Green
  • Waterloo Nursery
  • Boyanup Botanical Nursery
  • Parkland Nursery
  • South West Rose Group
  • Transpacific Cleanaway
  • Southern Districts Estate Agency
  • J.W. Cross Maintenance
  • Cape Hire
  • Landmark
  • Agra-Force Fertilisers
  • Elders
  • Bendigo Bank
  • CRISTAL
  • Lonsdale Party Hire
  • GWN