Sunsets on Australia’s Quirkiest Festival
Winton’s Outback Festival has once again lived up to its reputation as Australia’s quirkiest festival, being given the thumbs up from international competitors.
Visitors flocked to Winton from all over Australia and far corners of the world, including Iceland and Germany to join in on the celebrations for the festival’s 25th anniversary event.
The festival’s biggest (and quirkiest) drawcard, the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, attracted international attention with a team from Iceland travelling over 15,185km to join on the raucous action that saw local team ‘Texas Longdrops’ take out the title of Kings of the Porcelain Throne.
Organisers are due to release official numbers in the near future but have estimated an attendance of approximately 2,000 visitors per day and a total attendance of 8,000 guests in Winton for 5 days of non-stop hilarity.
“We’ve noticed a distinct increase in the number of visiting families this year,” explained Robyn Stephens. “The grey nomads are still a very important market for the event, with growing visitation from Brisbane and SE QLD and long-haul NSW and VIC.”
“We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to our local community, the volunteers and sponsors who make this event possible.”
Festival highlight included the Sunset Extravaganza Dinner, a charity gala and auction event featuring a 3 course meal cooked by celebrity Chef Matt Golinski. Raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the evening raised an incredible $21,000 in donations for the charity.
Families took part in a wide range of little nipper friendly activities from the Teddy Bear Picnic, to Little Swaggies egg throwing and Outback Ironman Juniors for the most competitive of the bunch.
Colour characters and flamboyant entertainers paraded the main street throughout the festival, with the CrackUp Sisters performing from their ‘Outback Homestead’, whip cracking displays by Nathan Griggs and the roaming antics of the Memphis Moovers keeping the festival action going non-stop all weekend long!
Hundreds of people packed the local Winton Shire Hall to start their day with non-stop laughter at the Bush Poet’s Breakfasts, followed by dance workshops, Outback Ironman, Ironwomen, a Century Cycle Challenge, a Truckies Reunion and indigenous cultural displays, music and artworks.
Outback Festival will be returning to Winton once again in 2021 – mark it in your diaries and we’ll see you in Winton from 28th September to 2nd October 2021!
Festival goers are encouraged to visit the image gallery on the website to revisit the good times https://outbackfestival.com.au/media/gallery/
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