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Spring festival attracts thousands
Narrogin Ballet School won the float competition in the street parade.

About 3000 people flocked to the 19th Narrogin Spring Festival at the weekend, enjoying salsa and belly dancing, local music, open gardens, theatre, stalls, a street parade and more.

Spring Festival president Jane Darvall said feedback on the event had been extremely positive and gave community groups the chance to promote themselves.

Mrs Darvall said the enthusiasm generated by the event’s success was so strong that planning had already started for next year’s festival.

“I think in general what always inspires me and what I find so incredible about the festival is the willingness of all the people to join in and participate, either as stall holders, performers or as people who come along to enjoy the day,” she said.

“The whole community gets involved and that keeps the committee going and inspires us to do it again next year.”

Mrs Darvall said aerialist Theaker Von Ziarno, who performed on her trapeze at Memorial Park and Windy Hill Farm, was a particular highlight.

“Another highlight was the picnic under the stars, where we had a sell-out crowd, and it was a perfect balmy evening,” she said.

Arts Narrogin president Deborah Hughes-Owen was thrilled that more than 100 people followed yarn-bombed trees down Fortune Street to view the Wild Flowers of the Bush exhibition.

Town of Narrogin Mayor Don Ennis said the street parade was the highlight for him.

“The parade was a really good feature of the event,” he said.

“The amount of people attending was quite incredible; the venue, you couldn’t ask for a better place, and the weather was turned on to perfection.

“As long as we can keep things like this going, we’ve got a vibrant town.”

Float competition winner in the parade was Narrogin Ballet School.

Second was Silver Chain, third was the Volunteer Fire Brigade and fourth was Narrogin Repertory Club.

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