Charleville's 3rd Annual Fur Ball, 2018.
Charleville's 3rd Annual Fur Ball, 2018. Jorja McDonnell

Oops... they just missed it

EXCITEMENT could be felt in the air in Charleville over the weekend, because it's not every day a town turns 150.

It's even more rare to hit the milestone twice, thanks to a small error in the records.

Alas, two birthdays are better than one, so Charleville went all-out, to the theme of 'oops, we missed it' on what will forever be known as it's 150th and 153rd birthday.

Events began on Thursday evening with barefoot bowls at Charleville Bowls Club, and a new exhibition at the Mulga Lands Gallery.

Hotel Corones was the place to be on Friday, when the historic pub played host to a book launch for The Accidental Australians, put on a smashing Greek lunch and ran their Stories and Scones tour all weekend.

Wills St was closed to traffic that afternoon to make way for a number of events, including Heinemann's Bakery's 20th anniversary eat off and the greatly anticipated parade.

The party extended well into the evening on Wills St; food trucks were serving until late and local creations of all kinds filled market stalls.

A 'bilby race' put on by Hotel Corones also drew a crowd.

Fortunately, none of the plush toy bilbies were harmed in the event.

Saturday was the day for dressing up and partying down, when Morven Racecourse held it's annual race meet.

Hosting arguably some of the best millinery in the west, and thrilling racing from country jockeys, Morven was a hit among patrons who'd travelled from across the region to attend.

But all of that excitement was only a prelude to the main event: the Fur Ball, held in Charleville on Saturday night.

More than just a dance, the ball was a fund-raiser for Save the Bilby Fund, and also became a night of remembrance for beloved Charlevillian, Peter McRae.

Attendees danced the night away, some dressed in costume to match the 'B' theme, while others dazzled in their frocks and tuxedos.

The morning after was made even easier for those who partied the night before, with a recovery breakfast hosted at Charleville Railway Station

Alongside the breakfast, the station hosted markets and the Bilby Experience welcomed visitors on Sunday for another occasion: National Bilby Day.

Conveniently timed for the birthday weekend, children had the opportunity to name three Bilby joeys, born in May this year.

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