Calendar of Events

January

Every Australia Day the Shire Council hosts a celebration at Sandakan Park (next to Shire Admin Offices). It comprises a flag-raising ceremony, a short address by the Shire President, a free cooked breakfast, entertainment and presentation of the Australia Day Awards. The Shire Australia Day Awards currently recognise the "Citizen of the Year", "Sportsperson of the Year" and "Young Achiever of the Year". All residents and their visitors and friends are welcome to attend. 

February

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and Awards

The Country Music Festival and Awards are held at the Boyup Brook 'Music Park', Jackson Street on the third weekend in February annually.  This event is the biggest Country Music event held in Western Australia. The festival now runs over four days from the Thursday to the Sunday. For further details regarding this event, please contact the Secretary of the Country Music Club, Sharon Winter on (08) 9765 1657 or visit the Clubs website and click on the “Festival” link.  www.countrymusicwa.com.au

Mayanup Campdraft

The Mayanup Campdraft Association Inc. conducts a campdraft on the second weekend in March annually.  Canteen, bar and camping facilities are available, several bands play for your entertainment on the second night of the weekend.  For more information contact Ms J Melville on 9765 3081 or Fax: 9765 3096 or click on the website below.  mayanupcampdraft.mysouthwest.com.au/

September

Sandakan Memorial

Sandakan Memorial Ceremony

Each September a special memorial ceremony is held in Boyup Brook which honours those prisoners of war who lost their lives in the Borneo Death Marches in WWII. Boyup Brook has one of only a couple of Memorials in Australia that recognises the sacrifice made by this group. In October 2007 the Shire of Boyup Brook and the Municipal Council of Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia initiated between themselves a Memorandum of Understanding of Friendship.  This agreement continues to this day and aims to build a relationship based upon friendship and co-operation.

The Boyup Brook Shire Council in conjunction with the Lions Club of Boyup Brook partner with a Civic Reception for invited guests prior to the public Sandakan Memorial Ceremony held later that morning at 11.00 a.m. The Sandakan Memorial Ceremony is held on the second Tuesday in September annually and many people travel from Perth to attend the service.

Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Show

Harvey Dickson's Country Music Centre September Show contact Harvey or Rose Dickson on Ph: 9765 1125.  For more information click on the link to their website below.

October                        

Blackwood Marathon Relay

The Blackwood Marathon Relay is held on the last Saturday of October each year.  The Marathon starts in Boyup Brook and finishes in Bridgetown. The Marathon was originally a vision that some members of the Bridgetown Rotary Club had in 1979 as a way for the town to celebrate Western Australia’s 150th Anniversary. From humble beginnings, of just 54 teams (220 competitors), it has grown and now boasts over 750 competitors, including many iron-men and iron-women. The Blackwood Marathon is a unique event and has attracted many top athletes. The competitors enter this event in teams comprising of 5 members, or iron-men. A runner, a canoeist, a swimmer, an equestrian and a cyclist. The race begins in the town of Boyup Brook and finishes in Bridgetown after journeying around 60kms through some of Western Australia’s most picturesque countryside of the Blackwood River Valley. For more information click on the link to their website below.  mccays.com.au/theevent/default.htm

Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo

The Harvey Dickson Rodeo is held on the last Saturday of October each year. The Rodeo is held at the Rodeo Complex on the opposite side of the road to the Country Music Centre. Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Centre and Rodeo Complex is approximately 5kms from Boyup Brook on the Boyup Brook/Arthur River Road. A large number of visitors attended the event last year and many stayed in the Shire overnight. The event starts on the Friday afternoon and continues Saturday. Bands entertain the visitors after the main event. For more information click on the link to their website.  harveydickson.com.au

November

Upper Blackwood Agricultural Show

On the first Tuesday in November and Melbourne Cup Day, Boyup Brook holds its annual Agricultural Show at the Upper Blackwood Agricultural Show Grounds in Dinninup.  Dinninup is approximately 18kms for Boyup Brook on the Boyup Brook/Arthur River Road. The Show runs for the whole day and there is something for everyone. For further information hop onto the society's website ubas.mysouthwest.com.au

December

Community Christmas Celebrations

Held on the first Friday in December annually the event is sponsored by the Shire and coordinated by a small committee made up from interested community volunteers with assistance from the Community Development Officer. The event is a celebration of community at this festive time of year and it’s aimed largely at children and families. 

Activities vary each year however there is generally entertainment in the form of Christmas carols, a sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, ice creams and of course Father Christmas. It’s a great afternoon, evening and it’s open to public.

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