Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival a roaring success

Thousands from across the South West turned out to enjoy the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival on Saturday, October 6.

This year’s festival dubbed the Great Irish Escape commemorated 150 years since the arrival in WA in 1868 of convict John Boyle O’Reilly and then his infamous escape 12 months later from the coast near Belvidere.

The free event was put together by the Dardanup Community to celebrate the diverse offerings of the region.

Families enjoyed more than 150 market and food stalls, live music and demonstrations throughout the day, a kids craft marquee and plenty of animals along with the RAC Rescue Helicopter, Dardanup fire truck with water demonstrations, showbags and bouncy castles. 

The Tastes of the Ferguson Valley tent, trash and treasure stalls and mini trains were also popular before the highlight of the event with the famous burning of the bull.  

For more information visit bullandbarrel.net.au.