ANOTHER year passes, and another successful Gawler Fringe opening event has come and gone.

The decision to relocate the festival to Walker Place last year, away from its traditional position within the laneway next to the Institute building, has certainly paid dividends.

It was great last year, and only seems to have gone from strength to strength.

Last Friday, some of The Bunyip staff – like many other Gawler workers, no doubt – snuck down after the close of business to check out the opening day, watch the talented local acts, taste some of the local beverages, and just embrace the event as a whole.

And it was excellent!

The pop-up style area that is created by Gawler Council, and local volunteers, lends itself to the typical ‘Fringe’ atmosphere.

From the boutique beer and food stalls, to the stage at the front blaring catchy tunes, everything seems to mesh together to create a truly vibrant atmosphere – the hundreds of people that filtered through the area throughout the day and night would certainly agree.

Not even the sporadic showers could put a dampener on proceedings.

And, by all accounts, the crowd numbers held strong right throughout the weekend – a testament to everyone who banded together to make the event possible.

So, until next year, congratulations to everyone who made the 2017 Gawler Fringe Festival opening a success – it is something the town can truly be proud of.

Grady Hudd


Growing up in Bordertown in the South East, Grady Hudd moved to Adelaide and completed a Bachelor in Journalism before starting his first industry job at the Kaniva Times and Nhill Free Press in Western Victoria at the end of 2012. He moved to Gawler in May 2014 to start work at the Bunyip. Grady has keen interests in footy and cricket, as well as a passion for music and guitar.

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