Rockabilly success

Fine weather and plenty of rockabilly action and stalls kept Camperdown’s avenue packed with revellers over the weekend.

Fine weather and plenty of rockabilly action and stalls kept Camperdown’s avenue packed with revellers over the weekend.

PERFECT weather, stunning cars, fabulous fashions and non-stop music made for another successful Camperdown Cruise.

Held over four days, the Cruise culminated in a weekend of colour and excitement as rockabilly revellers poured into town from all over Australia.

Organiser Arthur Matsakos said people had even made the trip from England, America and New Zealand.

“Those people had all organised their holidays to Australia around the Camperdown Cruise,” he said.

“How good is that?!

“So many new people turned up for the Cruise this year, it was incredible.”

The weekend saw 30 acts perform from five venues over the weekend with the clocktower stage being a central focus.

“The Cruise hasn’t lost any of its buzz,” Mr Matsakos said.

“A lot of people who follow the rockabilly scene from festival to festival are saying Camperdown’s is the best.

“They love dancing in front of the clock tower and strolling through the avenue with the beautiful elms around them.

“They also rave about the historic buildings which are the perfect backdrop for all the cars and rockabilly fun.”

The clock tower stage was central focus for music lovers and dancers alike.

The clock tower stage was central focus for music lovers and dancers alike.

Mr Matsakos also praised locals who were out in numbers to back the event.

“They were fantastic the way they joined in the fun,” he said.

“And we can’t thank them enough for opening their houses to accommodate all the visitors.

“So many out-of-towners commented on how beautiful Camperdown is and, more importantly, how friendly and helpful everyone is.”

The overall Camperdown Cruise car award went to a Chop ‘41 Mercury, which earned the Deadhead Rum award in recognition of this year’s major sponsor for the event.

The policeman’s award went to a white ‘57 Thunderbird.

“We were ecstatic to have Deadhead Rum as our major sponsor and by all accounts, they were super-impressed with the event,” Mr Matsakos said.

Patrons enjoyed fashion parades, on-the-spot hair-dos, rockabilly lessons, a dance competition and a burlesque show.

The Miss Camperdown Cruise Pin Up competition saw the Theatre Royal full with eager spectators as nine contestants vied for the overall title.

Camperdown’s own entrant Miss Ivy Pearl (aka Jen Rowan), took out the Miss Deadhead Rum Award while the top title of Miss Camperdown Cruise went to Stawell’s Miss Ivy Anchor.

Mr Matsakos said the Camperdown Cruise would be back again next year on the fourth weekend in October.

“This festival has a real hard-core following now,” he said.

“There’s simply nothing else like it.”

* Follow this link to view the Camperdown Cruise photo gallery.

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