TRADITION: Chinchilla Catholic Church will be holding its debutante ball this year.
TRADITION: Chinchilla Catholic Church will be holding its debutante ball this year. Alasdair Young

Annual debutante ball returns to Chinchilla

THE year long absence of the annual Chinchilla Catholic Church Debutante Ball has appeared to have unwittingly worked wonders, if this year’s number of entrants is anything to go by.

A total of 14 young women will perform the traditional ‘presentation to society’ this year, a number which hasn’t happened since 2002.

Organiser Lorna Gaske isn’t quite sure what sparked such interest, but she’s grateful for it.

“It’s a family night where the girls are presented to their community,” she explained.

“Every year we have a theme and this year it is ‘The Enchanted Forrest’.”

Former Chinchilla Catholic Church priest, Father Terry Hickling also plans to return for the event.

In addition to the debutantes and their partners, there will be a flower-girl and page boy for each pair.

The Catholic Church Debutante Ball is on Saturday, April 30, from 7pm, at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for high school students, while primary school aged children and younger are free.

Tickets can be purchased from Tuxedos Hairdressers, located in the Chinchilla Arcade off Heeney Street, or at the door on the night.

Entertainment will be provided by local musical outfit Sound Elite.

Ticket price includes supper which will be prepared by the ladies from the Catholic Church.

A licensed bar will be operating on the night.


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