The “enchanted land” of Balingup came alive with mythical quests and legendary heroes at the weekend as the town celebrated its favourite annual festival. The 2021 Balingup Medieval Carnivale made its return on Saturday, this year dubbed Balingup “Mini-eval” Festival because of its COVID-19 restriction downsize. But the event was as marvellous as ever, with live music and dances, full combat performances, live action plays of life in medieval times, stalls and stands for local businesses and to finish the day off there was the burning of the dragon. BMC committee president Nadia Adams said the day had a far more South West feel to it with “a lot more locals” showing up for the festival. “I think everybody had a really good time, I actually saw a lot more locals at the event which was part of our intent this year,” she said. “It was to bring it back to the community a bit more and so that was great to have the local primary school performing and local fundraisers.” After last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic, Ms Adams said this year was a good stepping stone to get the Balingup Medieval Carnivale back on track. She thanked the committee members and volunteers who put countless hours into the event, helping to organise stalls and shows to make the day what it was. “I’d just really like to thank all volunteers who pitched in and made it happen because it wasn’t easy this year, we faced a lot of challenges and it was just beautiful how the town rallied the way it did on the day,” she said.