Narromine set to host Australia’s first Dolly Parton Festival

After a two-year postponement, Australia’s first Dolly Parton Festival is almost here.

The festival, to be held in October in the rural Australian town of Narromine, will encompass all, Parton.

“Everyone loves Dolly, she’s just the complete package,” said event organizer Susie Rae. “She’s so flamboyant and spreads happiness and encourages people to be themselves.

“The whole event is aimed at supporting regional and rural communities, because we have made it very hard,” she added. “And sometimes we feel like we’ve been forgotten, big cities get all the attention. So it’s about bringing people into our community and showing them what it’s all about.

The festival was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s set for October 1st.

Rae said: “It’s very, very exciting. In fact, we can’t believe it. What I’m really looking forward to are the doors opening and seeing people come in and once the music starts to feel the vibe, support and love of the community.

Festivities include family-friendly street festival nights for over-18s. There will be live music from country artists, a drag performance, impersonations and tribute bands, a market and much more.

There will also be a Dolly lookalike contest.

“We hope everyone gets behind it and gets dressed – the more outrageous the better because it’s Dolly,” Rae said. “You have to have lots of rhinestones, bangs, diamonds and big, big, big hair – that’s of course Dolly. Kenny can get away with anything but you have to have the beard and hat of black cowboy.

Rae added that she hopes the event will get even bigger and become “bigger than Dolly’s hair.”

Tickets are available HERE.

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