The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is something that can't be missed!
It runs for four days in February and combines the best entertainment available including international artists with a 1950's street party, smack bang in the middle of Ballarat.
Lydiard Street becomes the center of a rockabilly festival like no other. Hot Rods, Fashion, Glamour, Music, Dancing, great food and beverage stalls come together from all over Australia to celebrate everything 1950's.
So you can imagine that the Pinup Competition hosted by Lana Rose Fashion is held in high regard.
I had been thinking about entering for a while and I finally decided to do it and I'm so glad I did. Not only did I make so many more new friends I had an absolute ball before, during and after. It was also a great opportunity for me to promote my business, by having the opportunity to be a prize sponsor of the competition was a great honor and a great way to get involved and to be a part of something. I'm not going to lie it was hard work, there were meet and greets, heaps of info to remember, promotional stuff to do, raffle tickets to sell and a 3min routine to come up with. But it really was such an achievement and all the organizers and everyone involved were there to help us and guide us through the whole thing.
For me preparation was key as I have three kids, so the weeks leading up to the comp I was in my Rockabilly/Bettie Boop character and I think that really helped me be confident on stage as the poses and routine became second nature.
This year the competition was held on Saturday the 10th at 2pm in the Mining Exchange Building. Backstage was a room full of eye lashes, lipsticks, petticoats and nerves but we were all there for each other. Whether it was a little chit chat, a stocking fix or a last minute hug there was a real sense of togetherness.
There were five categories Rockabilly, Glamourbilly, Geekabilly, Physchobilly and Automic Couples. I was in Rockabilly and we were first up on stage, which I was completely happy with getting it done so I could then relax. It all happens quite fast and once you are up there you don't have time to worry about anything, you just have to put on a good show. There was a panel of five judges watching your every move, I remember telling myself "look at the judges and smile".
Everyone did such an amazing job and everyone was so nice and we all cheered each other on, in the end we didn't care who won. But there does have to be a winner and the show unfortunately does have to end. So once everyone had done their routine we were all called to the stage and all the prizes and titles were announced.
Something new to this year was the Nicola-Zoe Fundraiser Raffle. We all sold raffle tickets to raise funds for Head Space an organization that supports mental health which is such an amazing cause that touches everyone in some way. Whoever sold the most tickets took home a fabulous assortment of prizes and that went to the fabulous Miss Dixie Emerald. There was also a Social Media prize for the pinup that posted and promoted the event the most and that went to delightful Miss Lu Lu Lipstick.
We then got onto the title winners, so there was a winner for each category and then an overall winner. Starting with Rockabilly, there was a pause then.... "Miss Cherry La Blaze" I actually froze for a second then realized it was me! I was so excited and bursting with happiness as this was my first ever pinup comp, I couldn't wait to see my husband and kids and give them a hug. Glamourbilly went to sweet Miss Bambi Lamour, Geekabilly went to daring Miss Juniper Peach, Physchobilly went to crazy Miss Cherie Blossom Boom Baby, Automic Couples went to the hilarious duo The Twinups and the overall title of Miss Ballarat Beat 2018 went to.... drum roll the beautiful Miss Daisy Peaches.
A huge congratulations to everyone! It was such an epic show and I heard it was the best yet! So we should all be proud of ourselves for having a go and having so much fun together. Also a massive thank you to Lana Rose Fashion for running the event, all the other organizers, sponsors, judges and Brett Allen Photography for catching all of the amazing images.
I can't wait until next year!!!!
XX Miss Cherry La Blaze
Miss Rockabilly Ballarat Beat 2018