Carnivale a big draw

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
There are events and activities for all ages to enjoy at the Carnivale.
Camera IconThere are events and activities for all ages to enjoy at the Carnivale. Credit: Dragancaor Creative

This weekend the Balingup Medieval Carnivale will kick off, with the number in attendance expected to rival last year.

Last year about 10,000 people travelled to the town to take part in the carnivale, with Saturday’s burning of the dragon event making the day the most popular of the weekend.

Event public relations manager Carolyn Austin said this year organisers were trialling online ticket sales.

“We have sold a few hundred already, traditionally people just turn up at the gate but some people like to pre-purchase which is great for us,” she said.

“Usually more come Saturday as they stay on for the spectacular burning of the dragon in the evening, but it can also depend on the weather.”

She said preparation was on track and everything was set up and ready to go for the weekend, with the avenue of flags along Brockman Street the final touch to be put in place.

“Preparation is on target, with the jester heads, all repainted and bright adorning the main street,” Ms Austin said.

“People love the new ones, especially the one outside the Balingup Tavern.”

There will be many new stalls throughout the event this year and a dedicated children's area, music and entertainment across two stages all day as well as roving minstrels, magicians and fairies.

“A highlight this year is a fabulous pipe band heading the parade both days,” Ms Austin said.

The event will run over Saturday and Sunday.

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