Rods and Rockabilly Festival

Rods and Rockabilly Festival


Posted 2016-05-09 by Emma C follow

Sat 07 May 2016

The third annual was held at the Hamilton Hotel on Kingsford Smith Drive.

There were plenty of food trucks providing lunch, such as Juan More Taco, Bella BBQ, Roam 'In Pizza, hot dogs and rainbow slushies. I devoured a delicious burger with beef brisket and macaroni cheese.

The highlight of the day was the live music. We enjoyed listening to 'A Band Called Twant' and then 'The Ten Fours'. We didn't stay for the night activities, so we missed 'Rumblin Wolf' from Melbourne, 'The Lincolns' from Adelaide and 'The Flyin Saucers' from Melbourne. A handful of people were dancing.

There were plenty of stalls to buy vintage style clothes with my favourite being Cassies Corner. Broken Records cleverly reuses old records and makes jewellery and homeware. Felicity Flower displayed handmade soft toys and gorgeous children's clothing.

Wild Thin Creations displayed tiki themed mugs which were locally made and designed. They can be used as cups, vases or penholders. I lusted after Mimsy's Trailer (a refurbished pink retro trailer) where you could get a tattoo or adult colouring-in book in tattoo style. The King Pin Clothing Ink stall was devoted to black t-shirts.

There was Miss Rods and Rockabilly pin up pageant. I saw two of the judging sessions. The crowd was enthusiastic and supportive, and all the contestants looked the part. Overseas photographer Shannon Brooke was one of the judges and she was selling her book titled Girls. I found out afterwards the pageant winner was Madame Mason (above).

I loved seeing all the people who dressed up for the day. Tea dresses with a-line skirts were popular with the women. The men joined in with vintage styled clothes and retro hair-cuts.

There were more than ten hot rod cars on display in the carpark. We thought there could have been more cars on display (and more chairs under the shade).

There were two types of tickets, one for the day (ten dollars) and another for the festival and the rock on party (twenty dollars). We left at dusk so we missed the burlesque show by Samantha Von Siren and the finals of the pageant.

Look out for the show next year on the Hamilton Hotel's website and remember to take your hat.

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