Rock 'n' roll is here to stay

ARARAT - The Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival is set to rock the town during its 20th anniversary next month.

Commencing on Friday March 14 with a 'Meet and Greet' to all festival visitors at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, a weekend of activities will follow with the Giant Highway 8 Festival and the Moovin 'n' Groovin Ball on Saturday in Barkly Street and concluding with the Rock Extravaganza at Alexandra Oval on Sunday.

Festival director Ian Wilson said the Jailhouse Rock Festival is about celebrating all that was great about the 50s and 60s. The fashion, hot rods, classic cars and bikes, dancing and of course the music.

It's all about having fun in a family friendly environment. rock 'n' roll dance classes have been very popular with local school children and adults alike and there will be plenty of opportunity to practise their new dance moves over the weekend.

"We welcome back a number of traditional rock 'n' roll bands who have supported our festival over the last 19 years including, The Cruisers, The Speedster, Fender Benders, Rockin Daddys and DJ Jeff," Mr Wilson said.

"These guys will present an exciting musical program and present lots of opportunities to dance the night away."

One of the highlight of the event is the 'Moovin 'n' Groovin Ball' at the Performing Arts Centre on Saturday night and tickets are still available on line, from Hidden Secrets in Barkly Street, or phone 0417 519 640

"So dust off the dance shoes, polish the hot rod, dress to impress and please accept our invitation to join us in Ararat from Friday March 14 to Sunday March 16 or just come for the day," he said.

The Jailhouse Rock Festival is a community run event with funds raised re-invested into to future festivals.

Full program details are available at

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