Fun at the markets and wool bale rolling


She High Rollers Tracy Pocock, Carlee Fletcher, Lynne Orcher and Vivianne Prince are the 2021 Ladies Team Champions in the Wool Bale Rolling. Photo TWH

Once the street parade entrants had parked up for display in Central Park, festival goers were treated to a variety of food and merchandise stalls at the inaugural Central Park Markets.

Whether it was time for a dagwood dog and coke or a snow cone and fairy floss, the traditional side-show hero Monster Grill were there to whet the appetite.

And across the park the crowds were beginning to line the kerb of Oxley Street for the hotly contested annual wool bale rolling event.

The enthusiasm was high with great support for competitors coming from a vocal crowd.

Bourke’s homegrown Isaac Ford and Melanie Milgate again MC’d the event, with their entertaining commentary.

Bourke Shire Council Manager of Corporate Services Leonie Brown said that the new site for the wool bale rolling competition was very well received.

“All the comments from the competitors and the public have been really positive.

“We were able to incorporate the street parade exhibits, the markets and the wool bale roll all in the one vicinity.

“The new location at Central Park complemented each of the festival aspects brilliantly.

“We have the perfect venue now; we just need to work on the participants for the wool bale rolling next year.


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Aaron Coyne the 2021 Men’s Singles Champion Wool Bale Roller with a time of 37.54 seconds. Photo TWH