The Narromine Dolly Parton Festival is up and running as an annual event after it’s successful inaugural year of 2022 and follow-up in 2023. Dedicated to celebrating the iconic country music singer, Dolly Parton, The festival takes place on the October Long Weekend which falls in either late September or early October. Narromine is located 35 kms from Dubbo Airport. Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Brisbane.
The festival offers a jam-packed program of activities and events for attendees to enjoy. Some of the highlights include:
Street Party: The festival kicks off with a lively street party, featuring live music, food stalls, and entertainment.
Live Music: Throughout the festival, there are various live music performances by local and guest artists, paying tribute to Dolly Parton’s greatest hits.
Family-Friendly Events: The festival aims to provide fun for the whole family, with activities such as face painting, carnival rides, and games.
Costume Contest: Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dolly Parton-inspired characters, and there is often a costume contest with prizes.
About Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton, born on January 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, is a renowned American singer-songwriter and actress, celebrated for her significant contributions to country music. Growing up in a poor farming family, she displayed a natural talent for music from a young age, performing on local radio and TV as a child. In 1964, after graduating high school, Parton moved to Nashville to chase her music dreams, where she became the protégée of Porter Wagoner and gained national fame through appearances on his TV show.
Parton’s career took off in the late 1960s and early 1970s, first as a songwriter for others, then through her own album debut in 1967, and a series of successful duet albums with Wagoner. Her breakthrough as a solo artist came with hit songs like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” in the early 1970s, followed by numerous #1 country singles and album.
In the late 1970s, Parton transitioned towards pop music, achieving commercial success with hits like “9 to 5.” She won multiple Grammy awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Her influence extended beyond music into acting, with roles in films like “9 to 5” and “Steel Magnolias,” and business, notably owning the Dollywood theme park.
Parton’s legacy includes composing over 3,000 songs, selling over 100 million records worldwide, and extensive philanthropic work through her Dollywood Foundation. She continues to record and tour, remaining a highly influential figure in country music.
Located in the scenic Macquarie Valley, Narromine invites you to relax amongst a lush rural setting, dotted with quaint country pubs and fabulous fishing spots. While the town may be renowned for its friendly locals and bucolic charm, it’s the aeronautical history that wins over visitors year after year.
A must see on the itinerary is the Narromine Aviation Museum which houses the world’s only replica of a 1907 Wright Flyer Model A. Explore the extensive collection of artefacts, documents and photos that tell the story of aviation and famous aviators who made regular visits to Narromine during the 1920’s and 30’s.
A hub for nature lovers, with wetlands and wildlife in abundance, Narromine is home to beautiful gardens and reserves. You will find everything from authentic country pubs and modern clubs to galleries, high-end boutiques, Iris farm and a sunny 18-hole sand green golf course.