Winton’s Outback Festival has lived up to its reputation as quirky, sometimes strange, weird but wonderful and a rare offering of genuine fun and good times and festival coordinator Robyn Stephens OAM wants to thank the locals.
Luring an estimated 8,000 visitors across 9 days of non-stop hilarity, this year’s event has been described as offering “one of the most authentic Aussie experiences with world class bush poets, performers, festival groupies and sporting enthusiasts from across Australia.”
One of the key highlights this year has been a re-enactment of the centenary year of the Charge of Beersheba.
The ceremony acknowledged the 519 men who enlisted from the district during WW1 – approximately one fifth of these men enlisted into the Australian Light Horse Regiment.
The re-enactment was followed by a sunset charity dinner in Bladensburg National Park, just outside Winton to raise funds for the Hearts of Australia program. Ms Stephen says that was able to raise over $20,300 for the Hearts of Australia foundation.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with happiness of the impact of so many visitors in town and the amazing arm of 70 plus volunteers who went over and above what was expected of them. We really can’t thank everyone enough”.
Visitors from all over Australia descended on Winton for the celebrations, with overflow campers in the Winton showgrounds exceeding 700, nearly a 20% increase on the previous festival in 2015.
And a note for diary’s next year- 2019 Outback Festival in Winton to celebrate the 25th biennial festival- Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th September 2019.