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Narromine's Dolly festival back on

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River McCrossen

07 June 2024, 7:40 AM

Narromine's Dolly festival back onFestival goers will get a welcome surprise when they see the entry price. PHOTO: Narromine Dolly Parton Festival

Blonde wigs and Double D's will return to Narromine in October after organisers secured $150,000 from the NSW government to fund this year's Dolly Parton Festival, less than a month after it was cancelled.

 

The festival will now be free access under funding conditions for the Open Streets Program, although organisers are still working out ticketing arrangements before they go live.

 

The festival will move from Narromine Golf Club to Cale Oval, which can host up to 1500 people. 



 Organiser Susie Rae of what's informally known as the Double D's (Dolly Doers) Committee said she only heard about the festival's shift in fortunes last night.

 

"We've never been successful in anything like that grant before," Susie said.

 

"One of the stipulations with this funding is that it has to include street closures, which we already do anyway because we have a street party during the day, and we've changed our location to the centre of town to Cale Oval."

 

"This is much easier for venue security because it's fenced. It's easier for people to get to because it in the centre of town.

 

"Our entertainers, we've already reached out to them and fortunately for us they hadn't been booked after we cancelled, so they're all back.



"It's pretty much the same lineup," she said.

 

"If there's food vendors and market stall holders, they need to go onto the website and lodge again or email us."


The Narromine festival made its debut in 2022. PHOTO: Narromine Dolly Parton Festival


It's not all cheers and smiles.

 

Narromine Shire mayor Craig Davies, who's Council applied for the funding, said he's "frustrated" by the grant condition requiring free event access, which he said makes the festival less sustainable.

 

"It means that you go, cap in hand, back to the government every year and say 'well, we ran it last year, we need another $150 000 to go again' because we couldn't charge entry," Cr Davies said.

 

"And clearly another problem that you run into is if you don't charge you have no control over who turns up.

 

"There is no doubt that we would love to make it a sustainable event, certainly that's the aim of the committee. But to do that they need to be able to do it on the basis that they can have an income."