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Grafton takes a step back to simpler times

Marissa Newman|

Grafton was transported back to simpler times on Saturday when the annual BCU Retrofest was held at Market Square.

Retrofest celebrated all things vintage including cars, motorbikes, pin-ups and rock and roll dancing. Live entertainment was provided by Vanessa Lee and The Retro Train. Events included a beard and moustache competition, dagwood dog eating competition, fairy floss eating competition and the finale of the day was the pin-up competition. The competition was highly contested with the ladies dressing up and embracing the theme. The winners on the day were as follows:

Miss Daisy Doll – Kahleaha Botterill (Lil Miss Cotton Candy)

Miss Sweet Pea – Bethany Killduff (Miss Betty O)

Miss Foxy Tail – Claire Bridge (Miss Claire)

Miss Darling Rose – Amanda Eggins

Miss Jacca Bloom – Heidi Pasic (Miss Heidi Dolly)

Miss Ivy divine – Carolyn Payne (Miss Illustrated)

Miss Magnolia Belle – Karen Mills (Miss BCU Belle)

Miss Retrofest was awarded to Heidi Pasic.

Festival manager Mark Blackadder said the event was a great success.

“I started in February this year and the event that I was told was least successful last year was Retrofest, so it was about working with a team. The McPhee girls had already approached the committee about running the event and I just wanted to give them a chance and they have proved their success today with what they have achieved.”

Mr Blackadder’s favourite event of the day was seeing the rock and roll dancers.

“Seeing that dance floor full of people all day and just the number of entrants in the pin-up competition and the beard competition was fantastic,” he said.