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Beloved race still pulling in the punters

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

Australia’s hottest town was recently overrun by crowds from as far as Perth and the Kimberley for the annual Marble Bar ball and race weekend.

Back: John Vukusich, 9, Teagan, 10, and Gus Crawford, 11. Front: Roy Allan, 10, Alfie Ball, 5, and Jack Crawford, 11.
Camera IconBack: John Vukusich, 9, Teagan, 10, and Gus Crawford, 11. Front: Roy Allan, 10, Alfie Ball, 5, and Jack Crawford, 11.
The races are in their 124th year.
Camera IconThe races are in their 124th year.

The well-attended event is the biggest on the region’s calender and was hailed a success by organisers and revellers, who kept the spirit of the race weekend alive as it entered its 124th year. About 100 people attended the ball on Friday, June 30, dressed in the colours of the Pilbara.

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Phil Quick, Chucka Garvey, Jill and Dave O’Sullivan and Doug Gerloff.
Camera IconPhil Quick, Chucka Garvey, Jill and Dave O’Sullivan and Doug Gerloff.
Chrissie McDowell.
Camera IconChrissie McDowell.

Former North West Telegraph journalist Kelly Bell stunned the crowd with an emu Export and spinifex headpiece made by Amanda Smith.

Georgia Brockman and Didjin Taylor.
Camera IconGeorgia Brockman and Didjin Taylor.
Jess O'Dea, Lucy Andrews, and Kelly Bell.
Camera IconJess O'Dea, Lucy Andrews, and Kelly Bell. Credit: Sophia Constantine

The races drew a larger crowd the following day, with an excess of 1500 entering the gates of the Marble Bar Racecourse.

Jacob Hill, Madi Pierre, Jack Dewsbury, Karen Bromley, and Imogen Williams.
Camera IconJacob Hill, Madi Pierre, Jack Dewsbury, Karen Bromley, and Imogen Williams.
Tom Zaunmayr, Kendall O’Connor, and Dean Snashall.
Camera IconTom Zaunmayr, Kendall O’Connor, and Dean Snashall. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine.

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