Doonside Festival - it's time to party!

No, Elvis hasn't left the building: Country performer Kevin E. Marsden and Elvis impersonator Gally Tagnipez are already into the spirit of next month's Doonside Festival. Picture: Gene Ramirez

No, Elvis hasn't left the building: Country performer Kevin E. Marsden and Elvis impersonator Gally Tagnipez are already into the spirit of next month's Doonside Festival. Picture: Gene Ramirez

It's almost time for the revived Doonside Festival to face the music.

With its future on the line, preparations for Doonside's biggest day of the year on July 12 are in full swing and it is tipped to be the best one yet.

A revitalised committee of residents and businesses have banded together to ensure the long running annual festival continues, which has struggled in recent years.

More than 1200 signed a petition to save the festival after Blacktown Council recently recommended it not run this year.

The festival isn't out of the woods just yet with this year's event set to be reviewed and could be relocated to Nurragingy Reserve if it isn't successful.

A karaoke competition, free rides, NRL players and an Elvis impersonator are among the new attractions to entice back crowds.

Local businesses Hayward Real Estate and the MediAdvice pharmacies will sponsor the rides so visitors can enjoy them free.

They include a giant slide, the spinning teacups and laughing clowns.

"It will be worthwhile to see the smiles on kids' faces," MediAdvice co-owner Jason Luu said.

Haywood Real Estate owner Fe Hayward hopes to add a street parade to next year's festival.

"I know people who live in other parts of Sydney but grew up in Doonside who come back every year for the festival. Everyone wants to be a part of it."

The line-up of entertainment acts has been booked out but stallholders are welcome to apply.

Blacktown councillor and lifelong Doonside resident Stephen Bali has been in talks with Penrith Panthers' general manager Phil Gould for NRL players to make an appearance.

The festival has been held since the early 1980s and is the second longest running community festival in Blacktown, according to Cr Bali.

"We need to prove to the council that there's an interest in the community," he said.

"The crisis was good as more people than ever are now jumping on board. It has been very successful in the past. You can't get a more centralised location than this and there aren't many street festivals like this still around."

■ The Doonside Festival is on Saturday, July 12, 10am-4pm in Hill End Road.

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