Weekend full of laughs at Spinifex
From the first spin on the Gravitron, to the last cheer for Spiderbait, Port Hedland’s Spinifex Spree Carnival was a hit last weekend.
This annual fair included show staples like clowns, giant teddies and showbags, plus an array of rides.
Around the bend from sideshow alley were stalls where visitors could buy everything from honeycomb to fairy costumes and pirate swords.
Hot dogs, hot chips, hot lamb rolls, hot lattes and butter drippy hot corn cobs kept the Spree a hunger free affair.
That other hot dog, Doopa, also swanned around, cuddling kiddies.
Friday night’s festivities kicked off with colourful Kimberley entertainer Mary G.
“It’s real, it’s spinifex, it’s red earth and a lot of salt,” she said of the Pilbara.
“But it has a sense of isolation and natural beauty.
“You can feel how ancient it is and I love it,” she said.
Performers occupied the stage on both Friday and Saturday evenings, giving locals the opportunity to share their talents.
ASP Xtreme Team FMX pulled some amazing motorbikes moves, thrilling crowds with their aerial acrobatics.
On Saturday night, visiting Indigenous Hip Hop Projects hit the stage with local kids from their holiday program.
From little tackers to big kids, everyone had their turn to bust a move.
The “Bling Brothers”, a hilarious gang of hip hop big boys – “BBoy Bling”, “Heavy D” and “BBoy Whad`Up” – then danced off against the younger lot.
And the kids won.
“We want the kids to shine and be the best they can be through hip hop,” BBoy Bling (aka Tim Turner) said.
“Spinifex was a great opportunity to showcase the awesome talent found in the streets of Hedland – most of those kids don’t go to dance schools.
“Hedland should watch out for ‘The Hood’ because we are going to make in difference in the community.”
A groovy salsa performance followed and included adults who’d attended salsa workshops during the week.
During Saturday, prizes were awarded for the winning floats and ABC gardening guru Sabrina Hahn presented a popular gardening workshop.
Her visit also included being a judge in the Care for Hedland Garden Club’s “Great Gardens Competition”.
Fireworks lit the sky on Friday and Saturday nights and the Spinifex Spree finale included local band Still Waiting supporting the legendary Spiderbait.
Only in Hedland would you see kids up on stage dancing with this great Aussie band.