RETRO STYLE: Fassifern Fifties Festival organiser Terina Smith in theme with Mac Moffatt and Lina Dieterich-Silveira.
RETRO STYLE: Fassifern Fifties Festival organiser Terina Smith in theme with Mac Moffatt and Lina Dieterich-Silveira. David Nielsen

Aratula is going back to the '50s

THE small town of Aratula has taken a beating of recent times.

In just three years Aratula has been flooded multiple times and is now drought declared.

The closure of Cunningham's Gap throughout last year hurt the town's retailers dramatically.

It was these ongoing hard times that inspired Terina Smith to create the Fassifern Fifties Festival.

"The festival was created because this area of our shire tends to get a little bit ignored," Terina said.

"So it came from a vision of mine that I could bring some money into the area and give people something to look forward to."

The small school, which Terina describes as having fewer P&C members than most schools have toilets, will be the main beneficiary of the event.

The whole town's economy should receive a lift though, with thousands of people expected to attend the festival tomorrow.

She said most of the local hotels were booked out and a lot of people were camping in the area so the event was already drawing money into the town.

The main drawcard of the festival will be a retro car show, with some cars coming from as far as Cunnamulla and Cairns.

"Almost every club without fail is bringing some sort of representation of five or more cars," she said.

"I emailed 140-something clubs so it could be a little bigger than I expected."

She said the overwhelming generosity she had been shown in organising the event had already made it a success.



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