The Act, Belong, Commit Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival is lighting up this weekend, with organisers thrilled with the construction of this year’s Wespine Fire Sculpture. Arguably the highlight of each festival is massive pine sculptures being set on fire in the evening. The Bull is often accompanied by other wooden pieces that make up a scene, such as this year’s sculptures that see the bull being pulled by an equally massive tractor. Jeff Woodman and John Cartwright have been constructing and designing the sculpture collectively for the past couple of years, and said it was a pleasure getting to build the massive wooden pieces. “It’s all of our passion, we have so much fun doing it and we wouldn’t miss it,” Mr Cartwright said. “(The theme) is 100 Years of Dardanup, so we thought what Dardanup’s about, and we decided to highlight the farming of Dardanup,” Mr Woodman said. “We’ve made an old farm truck, which is from the era, it’s a Model-T Ford, and then the bull’s going to be riding on the back.” The constructor’s also managed to put a little bit of personal humour into the statues. “The farmer in the Ford, we made it to look like John, he’s being set on fire,” Mr Woodman said. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” Mr Cartwright said. Francesco Mazzella has been the pyrotechnics head in charge of setting the sculptures ablaze for nearly a decade. He said he collaborated with the organisers to make sure even the lighting of the statues was done in a way that fit the theme of the festival. “It’s done in a safe and regulated manner, and we consult with Jeff and John about a theme, so then we work on the colours and take into consideration how this is actually going to burn effectively to create the specific display effect they want,” Mr Mazzella said. “We use colour, we use sound, all those elements combine to enhance the whole display and make it exciting for the spectators.” All organisers are thankful for the support from Wespine, which donates all the wood needed to make the sculptures, which are scheduled to light up at the very end of the event at 8pm. The Bull and Barrel Festival is celebrating its 20th festival and is expecting a turn-out of about 20,000 people to the day-long event. The festival runs from 10am to 9pm this Saturday, October 7 along Wells Park in Dardanup.