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Jailhouse Rock Festival return to Ararat streets

ROCKIN’: Sally Bond, Pauline Alley and Greg Dalmayer prepare for this weekend’s Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival. The festival will be back in Ararat’s main street this year after being held at Alexandra Oval for the past two years.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ROCKIN’: Sally Bond, Pauline Alley and Greg Dalmayer prepare for this weekend’s Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival. The festival will be back in Ararat’s main street this year after being held at Alexandra Oval for the past two years.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER


By Colin MacGillivray
Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a return to the streets at the weekend.
The popular celebration of rock ’n’ roll, vintage cars and all things 1950s has been at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval for the past two years due to refurbishment works at Ararat Town Hall and along the city’s main street.
Festival president Greg Dalmayer said organisers had received negative feedback about hosting the festival on the oval, and had worked hard to ensure celebrations for the festival’s silver anniversary would be back on the street.
“People were missing the streets, so on Saturday we’ll have a street party with the Grampians Vintage Car Club,” he said.
“People used to like the fact they could park in the street with their cars and meet up with other people.
“A lot of people come just to show their cars and get involved that way.
“This year the whole weekend is based around involving the main street.”
Mr Dalmayer said the 25th anniversary of the festival and return of the street party could boost attendance this year.
He said the festival usually attracted between 1000 and 1500 people to Ararat, helping boost the region’s economy.
“It’s always difficult to know exactly how many will come, but you run it and hope as many people as possible can get there,” he said.
“Normally we run out of accommodation.”
The festival will kick off on Friday with a motorsport parade hosted by Beat the Heat and Wimmera Off Street Drag Racing Club at 4pm.
A barbecue at the town hall will be at 5pm, with a night cruise of Barkly Street at 7pm and a rock ’n’ roll dance at Ararat RSL from 7.30pm until late.
The street party will dominate Saturday’s schedule from 9am to 2pm, with several attractions including a Miss Ararat Jailhouse Rock 2019 competition.
“We’ll have some ladies spend a lot of time and effort to get glammed up in their 1950s gear,” Mr Dalmayer said.
“They do a pin-up girls competition and there is an award for best dressed.”
The festival will continue at different venues on Saturday night, with a 25th anniversary rock ’n’ roll dance at Ararat Town Hall with music from The Fender Benders, and a ‘Silver Cadillac Dance’ at Alexandra Hall featuring Pete Daffy and TorqueFlite.
There will be more car displays, stalls and children’s entertainment, with dancing at the town hall on Sunday.
Mr Dalmayer said he believed the festival had survived for 25 years because of the enduring popularity and mystique of the 1950s era.
“Why do people still go to see Jersey Boys? Why do people still see some of these old groups?” he said.
“That era is the baby boomers, and it’s the era that they grew up in.
“I went to Ballarat last year and saw Herman’s Hermits, and I think the average age of the people there was somewhere in the 60s.
“There were a lot of people there who were well into their 60s and still dancing and rock ’n’ rolling.”
Mr Dalmayer said despite the festival’s popularity with an older generation, organisers were making an effort to include young people in celebrations.
“We do a colouring competition in schools, and next year we will look at running dance classes at schools to get them involved,” he said.
“There are plenty of parents involved, but we also do get a lot of kids come along with their parents and get dressed up in rock ’n’ roll gear.
“Maybe some people like an older style music that has got a beat to it.
“Perhaps it makes them think back about better times.
“I don’t know, but for me, I love rock ’n’ roll – I still think it’s the best music.”
People can find more information about the Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival on its Facebook page or by visiting website www.araratjailhouserockfestival.com.

ROCKIN’: Sally Bond, Pauline Alley and Greg Dalmayer prepare for this weekend’s Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival. The festival will be back in Ararat’s main street this year after being held at Alexandra Oval for the past two years.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ROCKIN’: Sally Bond, Pauline Alley and Greg Dalmayer prepare for this weekend’s Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival. The festival will be back in Ararat’s main street this year after being held at Alexandra Oval for the past two years.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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