Time is running out to get tickets for Grey Mardi Gras events

A few of our shops are starting to get into the Grey Mardi Gras festival spirit and have been decorating their windows in the 1950s, 60s and 70s theme. Bridgette Mackay from Cobar Antiques and Secondhand Furniture has dug into her family’s old wardrobe and has dressed her “models” in clothes that her parents and grandparents wore.

Gee, time sure does fly when you’re having fun! It was only last July that our Federal Member Mark Coulton was in town to announce Cobar’s Grey Mardi Gras would get a $37,500 grant to help make the event happen.

And now that we’re just over a week away from the inaugural Grey Mardi Gras festival, there’s not much time left to book your tickets for next Friday night’s Stomp, Jive and Bump dinner dance.

With more than half the tickets already sold (to visitors coming from out of town) and ticket sales closing this week, you really don’t want to miss out on a great night of music and dancing plus loads of 1950s, 60s and 70s trivia, fashion and fun.

The Cobar Arts Council is constructing a funky photo booth so you can take home some special memories from the night and local chef Haylee Prince will be preparing a special seventies-themed dinner menu.

And if you’re worried that you won’t know any of the dances, there’s free dance lessons on Friday afternoon at the Golfie where you’ll have a chance to chill, meet some people from out of town, learn a few dance moves and get into the spirit prior to the big night.

The organisers of the inaugural Grey Mardi Gras are keen to make sure the kids enjoy this Cobar festival just as much as the adults.

Kids can take part or watch the Grey Mardi Gras street parade on Saturday morning, they can see what their pocket money will buy them at the street markets, or they can play for hours at Saturday’s Gig on the Grass.

In addition to great music provided by tribute bands and food stalls at the Gig on the Grass , there will also be lots of fun activities for the kids with giant inflatables, zorb balls and more.

The Cobar Girl Guides are running old fashioned games, Barnardos will be teaching circus skills, and the mental health network group will be doing face painting, all of which is designed to keep the kids entertained while you sit back and enjoy the music.

A number of local retailers are starting to get into the spirit of the Grey Mardi Gras and are dressing up their windows and stores.

It’s reported the library ladies will be going all out and will be dressing in their best 1950s, 60s or 70s outfits for the whole week!