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Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Wespine Fire Sculpture creators Jeff Woodman and artist Russell Sheridan, front left Wespine representatives Melanie Bary, Neville Longbottom and creator Rob Gardner with the almost complete sculpture.
Camera IconWespine Fire Sculpture creators Jeff Woodman and artist Russell Sheridan, front left Wespine representatives Melanie Bary, Neville Longbottom and creator Rob Gardner with the almost complete sculpture. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Thousands are expected to descend on Dardanup for the annual LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival on Saturday and witness the burning of the Wespine Fire Sculpture.

South West Timber producer Wespine managing director Patrick Warrand said he was thrilled to be part of the annual event.

“Wespine is delighted to sponsor the Bull and Barrel Festival again in 2019,” Mr Warrand said.

“We have been sponsoring this fantastic festival for many, many years and really appreciate the hard work of all the volunteers to bring this iconic event to Dardanup.

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“I encourage everyone to enjoy the festivities throughout the day into the evening with the lighting of Wespine Fire Sculpture.”

Event organiser Jill Cross said she was thankful to the team of handymen for building the sculpture.

“A huge thanks to Russell, Rob and Jeff for doing this every year for us because it really is an outstanding effort,” Mrs Cross said.

“It takes so many hours and it’s something the community really appreciates.

“It’s going to be a fantastic day and looking forward to everyone coming to the festival and joining in the celebration with us.”

Local artist Russell Sheridan said the 12m high structure was built in just four weeks.

“This is my 15th year and the best thing about it is when it is all on fire, it’s just awesome,” Mr Sheridan said.

“Last year’s fire was the best one we have ever had but this year it is going to be even better looking.

“Once you stack it all up together it sits at about 12m high, so it’s going to be pretty spectacular.”

The festivities are set to get under way from 10am before the burning of the sculpture at 8pm.

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