Toodyay Moondyne Joe festival draws big crowd

Abbey Higgins in
period costume for the festival.
Abbey Higgins in period costume for the festival.

MORE than 7000 visitors turned up in period costume to celebrate the life and times of the legendary bushranger Moondyne Joe in Toodyay on Sunday.

Act Belong Commit Moondyne Festival organiser Rosemary Madacsi said the free event drew bigger crowds to the swag of attractions featuring street theatre, a colonial village and non-stop activities for families.

“This year’s festival was probably the best we’ve ever had,” she said.

A highlight of the day was the re-enactment of Moondyne Joe’s escapades throughout the town, his arrests and mock trials.

The free festival invites visitors to dress in pioneer costume and runs on the first Sunday in May.

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