Popular festival gets a second start

A number of familiar local faces have joined the ROEF2022 committee and include Haylee Prince, Demi Smith, Bridgette Mackay, John de Bruin, Emily Miller, Stuart and Sherrin Wharton (and Heather Christie, absent from photo). ▪ Photo contributed

Following the huge success of Cobar’s Running on Empty Festival (ROEF) in 2018, all who attended (plus others who missed it) have been asking: When are we going to do it again?

Festival coordinator John de Bruin announced on Friday that another ROEF festival would take place in 2022, from September 21-25, to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic Australian movie Running on Empty .

With large numbers still following ROEF on social media (the site had 1,600 members as of Monday) it wasn’t long after John announced the 2022 dates that Cobar’s accommodation bookings went crazy.

John said interest in the 2022 event had been “insane” and his committee is already looking into additional accommodation options (such as another ‘tent city’) for the many expected visitors.

“To date Jeff Rhoe and Terry Serio have committed to making ROEF2022 and we are working with the other stars at the moment.

“Fox1 from Perth will be here as well as Jenni Cleave and her beautiful blown 57 Chev as well as Mr Ben Crombie in my favorite Rolls Royce,” John said.

A new logo has been designed by Darren Gallagher, CEO of Knife in Teas comics, for the 2022 event and the ROEF2022 merchandise which depicts the movie’s main characters and some of the hero cars.

And while the event is still more than two years away, John said he’s already received a commitment from 350 people and 141 cars to attend ROEF2022.