What a fantastic day! Huge crowds- all well behaved and happy- what more could we ask for.
Friday was a trying day for the Festival Committee setting up in the windy and wet conditions. However, we had many locals drop into the oval to help. Thank you to all of those people – many youths too – great to see.
We had many highlights at the Festival this year. Scitech and the Hall drew large crowds, all looking at the collections and trying their hand at science experiments. The Kids Stage also saw large crowds enjoying Phil Doncons Paint Storm and Dream State Circus and the nearby attraction of Tim the sand sculptor – how clever was he! Phil Depiazzi’s commentary of the goat races organised by Sharyn Dauti kept everyone amused and the Down on the Farm arena allowed everyone to learn about our farm animals and think about the combined weight of Peter and Judy Milton’s Charolais bulls. The art exhibition in the Thomas Little Hall showcased the talents of our local artists and the Over the Rainbow Trail, new to the Festival was very popular. The Perth Highland Pipe Band led the Festival procession made up of local children carrying puppets and banners created in the Rainbow Art project held in the school holidays. The kids craft marquee was extremely popular with 600 craft kits used – wow! The Main Stage provided local entertainment with the Dardanup’s Got Talent Quest and our other local talented musicians. Wonderful way to showcase the locals. Many Festival goers took the opportunity to sample local produce in the F.V. Wine and Beer marquee and the nearby Beer Tent kept our local Lions busy. As we predicted the Fire Sculpture finale was the best yet! Benotto Dogs thrilled the crowds jumping through the fire hoops and the 4 Dream State Circus fire twirlers were just spectacular. The excitement was built for the burning of Russell Sheridan’s Over the Rainbow themed fire sculpture with a record crowd awaiting the burning. Dream State Circus set the Bull alight with their fire canons and we all cheered and felt the heat on our faces as the 11th Festival came to an end.
Funding all of this entertainment, hire equipment and advertising isn’t possible without the support of our major sponsor Doral Mineral Sands and our other generous sponsors. Please support the following businesses when you can.
Doral Mineral Sands, our major sponsor, Govt of W.A., Dept of Agriculture and Food, Shire of Dardanup, Lotterywest, Eventscorp, Dept of Regional Development, Royalties for Regions, BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina, Festivals Australia, Westrac, Wespine, Simcoa Operations, South Western Times, Rose Hotel, T.J. Depiazzi and Sons, CRISTAL, Fencing Unlimited, Tyrepower Bunbury, Machinery West, K&S Freighters, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Australia, AMD Chartered Accountants, MGIB , Radio West/Hot FM, Laminex Group, GCS Hire, Totally Sound, Southern District Estate Agency, Jim’s Test and Tag, J.W. Cross Maintenance, Landmark, Agra- Force Fertilisers, Transpacific Cleanaway, Elders, Bendigo Bank , BOC, Dardanup Post Office, Dardanup Rural Supplies, Lonsdale Party Hire, GWN, Smart Stockfeeds and Small Farm Solutions, Rethink Marketing.
Creative OZ Character Competition-
K-3 Oscar Gardiner (Scarecrow Sculpture); Yr 4-7 Georgia Farr (Lion Sculpture using an old chair); Group K-7 Trinity, Finn & Pia Mangano (Dorothy sculpture using plastic bags); People’s Choice Dardanup Primary school Kindergarten (Tin Man sculpture using wire and plastic bags)
Over the Rainbow Trail Competition Winners-
$50 Voucher to Big W- Blake Hovey
$30 Voucher to Big W -Tobin Lonard
$20 Voucher to Big W – Zaya Black
Winner of the Guess the Weight of the Bulls (1536kgs) – Allen Mountford
Festival Raffle Winners – Jan Gray, Michael Ursino, Wendt Quinn, G. Coenen, Rob, Leonie Gardiner, Helen Mc Dermott, Chelsea Wood, Jim and Lydia, Patrick Finnen
Dardanup’s Got Talent Winners –
1st place: Maddy Hair & Abby Pritchard
2nd place: Anneleise Gann
3rd place: Celeste de Munck & Emma Barrett
4th place (tied): Jess Scott; Georgia Farr & Emily Scott
Certificate of Participation awarded to: Liam Harris, Paige de Munck & Kaeley Gardiner
Childrens Photo Competition –
1st Torben Houden
2nd Pia Mangano
1st Torben Houden
2nd Pia Managano
1st Cliona Houden
2nd Trinity Mangano
1st Megan Lowe
2nd Kaitlyn Brown
1st Andrew Italiano
2nd Andrew Italiano
1st Heather Postlewhite
2nd Heather Postlewhite
The Festival will be held next year on 11th October and we look forward to seeing everyone there. The Committee will keep you updated during the year about our theme for 2014 and all the attractions you can look forward to.