Go for Gold in Tom Price
Tom Price was a hub of activity as thousands of people celebrated the 2012 Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival.
Now in its 41st year, the annual festival was held from Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12 and honoured the Olympic Games with the theme ‘Go for Gold’.
Opening the festivities was the ‘Go for Gold’ ball, held at the Tom Price Recreational Centre on Saturday, August 4.
Party-goers were entertained by ‘Stone Circle’ who ensured the crowd danced well into the early hours of the following morning.
The ‘Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture’ art exhibition was opened to the public on Tuesday, August 7.
Hundreds of pieces of artwork were on display showcasing the talents of many local artists, including a number of primary school students.
For the first time the ‘Pilbara Wearable Creationz’ exhibit was held, displaying unique and imaginative outfits designed to be ‘art that walks’.
The ‘People’s Choice Award’ was presented to Lisa Chambers for her inventive Wearable Art’, inspired by her passion for recycling and turning ‘trash into fash’.
From Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, the festival stepped up a notch thanks to performances from headline acts Adam Brand, Johnny Ruffo, the Justice Crew and Beside Lights.
Clem Thompson Oval was transformed into a sideshow alley and the laughter and screams of children and adults alike could be heard as they enjoyed the amusement rides and stalls on offer.
Local musicians who participated in the Western Australian Music Industry Association’s project ‘The Sounds of Tom Price’, launched their much anticipated CD, and children crowded around the main stage to watch performances from Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends, and Fairy Queen Caroline.
A lantern parade and fireworks display lit up the night sky on Friday, and Saturday morning saw many community groups weave their way throughout the town in the Nameless street parade.
The event culminated on Sunday with a family day, which included a dog show and mini Olympics.
The festival first started in 1971 and takes its name from the iconic Mount Nameless or Jarndunmunha as it’s known by the Eastern Guruma people.
Once a one-day event, the success of the festival has seen it grow to a week-long celebration.
Major sponsors of the 2012 Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival include Rio Tinto and the Shire of Ashburton, as well as many local community groups and businesses.
Photos courtesy of Julie Glover