Festival marks Doonside's big day

Time to party: Doonside rugby league and soccer club juniors, pictured with Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali, can't wait for the Doonside Festival this Saturday. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Time to party: Doonside rugby league and soccer club juniors, pictured with Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali, can't wait for the Doonside Festival this Saturday. Picture: Natalie Roberts

ALL eyes will be on Doonside this Saturday for its biggest day of the year.

Hundreds are expecting to flock to the revitalised Doonside Festival.

A revamped organising committee promises it will be one of the best events in years.

Blacktown Council wanted to axe this year's festival due to low patronage in recent years but a 1200-signature community petition saved it.

The council will review the festival's future in its current format later this year.

Organisers have gone above and beyond to ensure the festival survives, with something to keep everyone entertained.

The giant slide, laughing clowns and cup and saucer ride are free, thanks to business sponsors.

There will be live entertainment, 60 stalls, mobile tenpin bowling alley, State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service displays, buskers, pass the ball and penalty shoot-out competitions.

The inaugural karaoke competition starts at 10am.

Several guest appearances have been lined up including players from the Penrith Panthers and Western Sydney Wanderers, along with Red Dog actor Tony Ryan.

"It's taken five weeks to organise," lifelong resident and Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali said.

"All we need now is for people to come down and enjoy a great day out.

"Our aim is to rekindle the Doonside Festival, which is important to the community.

"It's a day to showcase talent, build community pride and provide good role models for kids to strive to be in the future."

Free raffle tickets will be handed out for lucky door prizes to be drawn at noon and 2pm.

Prizes include a weekend's accommodation in Coffs Harbour, dinner vouchers and Featherdale Wildlife Park passes.

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