Return of Paraburdoo Ball a major success

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Guests at the Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks Masquerade Ball.
Camera IconGuests at the Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks Masquerade Ball. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna

About 150 people swapped high- vis for formal wear and let their hair down when the Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks Masquerade Ball returned to town on July 21.

After a two-year hiatus, the signature event for Paraburdoo was held at Ashburton Hall, having been organised by the small but dedicated committee of Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks, a long-running not-for-profit group that raises money for the community.

Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks committee members Tabitha Dresen, Skye Baxter, Zoe Jeffery, Tamra Quadrio , Bianca Rennard and Miranda Woodhouse.
Camera IconParaburdoo Red Dirt Rocks committee members Tabitha Dresen, Skye Baxter, Zoe Jeffery, Tamra Quadrio , Bianca Rennard and Miranda Woodhouse. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna
Members of the Paraburdoo MEM Crew.
Camera IconMembers of the Paraburdoo MEM Crew. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna

Guests made the most of a rare opportunity to dress up, with stunning ball gowns, dapper suits, top hats and bow ties and plenty of masks on display.

They enjoyed canapes made by local cafe The Vault and were entertained by Paraburdoo musician Sam Palmer and her band Groove Acoustics, as well as circus performers from Zap Circus.

Zap Circus performers Rusty Hammond and Tarabelle Murphy.
Camera IconZap Circus performers Rusty Hammond and Tarabelle Murphy. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna
Miranda Woodhouse and Skye Baxter.
Camera IconMiranda Woodhouse and Skye Baxter. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna

This year’s event was a fundraiser for community groups the Paraburdoo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, the teeball association, the Paraburdoo Toy Library and the community colour fun run committee.

The final amount raised has not yet been determined but it is expected to be more than $10,000.

Troy and Sarah Johnson.
Camera IconTroy and Sarah Johnson. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna
Eliza Prunster, Cherie Hughes and Ross Prunster.
Camera IconEliza Prunster, Cherie Hughes and Ross Prunster. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna

Paraburdoo Red Dirt Rocks committee president Tabitha Dresen said the ball had been a big success.

“From the comments we’ve had since then, everyone has been praising the event and saying they had a fabulous night,” she said.

“(The committee) worked really hard for this because it is such a big event and we haven’t done one for a few years and we had to start fresh, so just having that success, it makes you want to do it again.”

Ms Dresen said the committee would likely host the event again next year.

Renae Morton and Kylie Pallister.
Camera IconRenae Morton and Kylie Pallister. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna
Jo-Anne and Wayne Lawrence.
Camera IconJo-Anne and Wayne Lawrence. Credit: Caragh Shoshanna

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