A jolly good time had by all at event

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Ben Bowtell leads his fellow Wasamba members through the grand parade as part of the festivities at Balingup Medieval Carnivale on Saturday.
Camera IconBen Bowtell leads his fellow Wasamba members through the grand parade as part of the festivities at Balingup Medieval Carnivale on Saturday. Credit: Tari Jeffers

With final numbers still to be tallied, organisers believe there were more people at the Balingup Medieval Carnivale during the weekend than last year.

The two-day carnivale featured live music, roving entertainment, multiple stalls, children’s activities, the grand parade and the ever-popular burning of the dragon.

Event public relations manager Carolyn Austin said “great weather” and raising the free entry for children up to 16 helped with the increased visitor numbers.

Jamieson Quin, Anthony Cook, Cassidy Shelton, Eloise Horley, Laura Stacey, Michael Harris and Ewan MacLeod, all of Perth LARP, got into the spirit of the festival.
Camera IconJamieson Quin, Anthony Cook, Cassidy Shelton, Eloise Horley, Laura Stacey, Michael Harris and Ewan MacLeod, all of Perth LARP, got into the spirit of the festival. Credit: Tari Jeffers

“From everything we’ve been hearing, the traders were happy with how much they sold,” she said.

There were about 120 stallholders at the event and Ms Austin said a lot of people had applied for stall space.

She said popular attractions at this year’s event included the burning of the dragon.

Roving entertainers from Viva Aerial Dance welcomed people at the entry gates.
Camera IconRoving entertainers from Viva Aerial Dance welcomed people at the entry gates. Credit: Tari Jeffers

“The dragon burning had a new design and it looked really good,” she said.

“It was preceded by performances from Wasamba and also the Pyro Panthers, who did an amazing dance with fire.”

Ms Austin said the committee worked hard this year to make sure there was something for everyone at the carnivale, including more activities for children.

Caitlin, 3, and Anastasia French, with Bronwen Prinsloo, all of Perth.
Camera IconCaitlin, 3, and Anastasia French, with Bronwen Prinsloo, all of Perth. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Children’s activities included the Top of the Stairs Puppet Show, an interactive, small animal display, camel rides and the Ladybird Bush-fairy Show.

“The Kirup Primary School P&C had a craft stall that was well-received, too,” Ms Austin said.

The two-day event takes about 2-3 days to set up at the carnivale grounds and a group of volunteers work year-round on Sundays to bring the event together.

The Grey Company's captain and MC Paul Mitting commentated on the combat arena battles.
Camera IconThe Grey Company's captain and MC Paul Mitting commentated on the combat arena battles. Credit: Tari Jeffers

“We had about 120 volunteers overall and every one of them chipped in, thank you to every single one of them,” Ms Austin said.

Brother against brother: Rhys and Edward McConnell face off as the Black and White Knights as part of The Grey Company's demonstration in the combat arena.
Camera IconBrother against brother: Rhys and Edward McConnell face off as the Black and White Knights as part of The Grey Company's demonstration in the combat arena. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Pauline MacLean and Ella McKean, both of Perth.
Camera IconPauline MacLean and Ella McKean, both of Perth. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Michael Pirateman keeps children entertained with a "treasure hunt".
Camera IconMichael Pirateman keeps children entertained with a "treasure hunt". Credit: Tari Jeffers
Pamela Cheffins, Shelley McCaw with Night Shadow the Dragon, and Toby Cheffins, all of Armadale.
Camera IconPamela Cheffins, Shelley McCaw with Night Shadow the Dragon, and Toby Cheffins, all of Armadale. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Charlotte Petts, Nikki Kellow, Kat Winslade with her dragon Figment, and Shaye Bickers, all of Perth.
Camera IconCharlotte Petts, Nikki Kellow, Kat Winslade with her dragon Figment, and Shaye Bickers, all of Perth. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Jake Sheedy, of Busselton, got into the spirit of the festival with his jester costume.
Camera IconJake Sheedy, of Busselton, got into the spirit of the festival with his jester costume. Credit: Tari Jeffers
The Royal Court – Laura McKay, Madia Adams, Dante James, 5, Cameron Bristow and Chris James.
Camera IconThe Royal Court – Laura McKay, Madia Adams, Dante James, 5, Cameron Bristow and Chris James. Credit: Tari Jeffers

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