Bloom Festival launch ignites month of festivities across the Great Southern

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Shelley Payne, Fiona Gaze, Alannah MacTiernan and Liz Guidera were among the faces at the festival launch.
Camera IconShelley Payne, Fiona Gaze, Alannah MacTiernan and Liz Guidera were among the faces at the festival launch. Credit: supplied

The Great Southern Bloom Festival was launched against the picturesque backdrop of the Stirling Range National Park last month, setting off a month of celebrations and activities across the region.

Coming back for its 10th annual edition of the event, the festival officially opened alongside the newly completed Lucinda Tanks on the Horsepower Highway, an installation honouring the contributions of rural women to community.

The launch featured music from Joshua Panjer-Nicholls and catering by Gypsykitchenco, with local and WA Government representatives in attendance.

“It was a fabulous launch, around 75 people attended which given the location and the weather was looking doubtful,” Great Southern Treasures chairwoman Veronica Fleay said.

“It’s probably one of the best wildflower seasons for some time, so if you want to come out and have a look at our displays — this is the year, because it’s absolutely stunning.”

The event opening at Lucinda Tanks.
Camera IconThe event opening at Lucinda Tanks. Credit: supplied

The Great Southern Bloom Festival will run until October 17, with events taking place across 19 towns including Albany, Katanning, Kojonup, Cranbrook and Gnowangerup.

The region’s wildflowers are a centrepiece for the annual festival, with more than 60 spring-related events and displays on show, including the Ongerup Wildflower Show and the Premier Mill wildflower display in Katanning. Visit greatsoutherntreasures.com.au.

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