Rural town hopelessly devoted to Grease
AGRICULTURAL shows always send small towns abuzz with activity but, after more than 60 years of celebrating the annual show, Wandoan Show Society and the community as a whole decided it was time to shake things up.
The Grease theme received an enormous amount of support as Wandoan locals threw their weight behind the effort to makeover businesses, streets and even themselves into a country Australian reflection of the world within the much-loved movie.
At the Grease-themed Showgirl Ball on Saturday night, the winner of the hotly contested shop window display winner was announced. Wandoan Newsagency, which had been rendered unrecognisable with a 3D display from Grease's Thunder Road scene, complete with life-sized cut-out of Danny, took out the award.
Wandoan Newsagency owner Michelle Redgen worked with her sisters, mother and niece to illustrate, design and meticulously craft a display that left even her husband staggered.
"My husband didn't think I would be able to pull it off," Mrs Redgen laughed, recalling when she had first told him her plan.
"I would've done it whether it was a competition or not."
Mrs Redgen, like nearly every other businessperson, had spent the past week prior to the judging dressed as characters from Grease, choosing first Good Sandy, followed by Rizzo at the fair, and her favourite, Bad Sandy - aka post-makeover Sandy.
"I identified probably most with Sandy - Bad Sandy that is," she chuckled, adding that costumes, buckets of hair gel and other visual props aside, the Grease theme had really brought a change over Wandoan.
"We've had more people coming into town to see it.
"People have been friendlier to each other. It's really brought the fun back."
The 62nd Wandoan Show runs from Friday, April 22, until Monday, April 25.
For the full program and tickets, visit wandoanshow.com.au.