WOMEN in fitted wriggle dresses with pin-curl hairstyles and “greasers” in leather jackets and jeans helped get Camperdown rocking on the weekend.
About 8000 people packed in for the four-day Camperdown Cruise rockabilly festival.
One of the festival highlights was the win by Camperdown woman Jo Williams in the inaugural Camperdown Cruise Pin Up competition.
Ms Williams got a huge cheer from the big crowd at Camperdown’s Theatre Royal on Saturday afternoon, not only for her day wear, beach wear and evening wear outfits, but also for the dramatic flair with which she paraded them in character as “Miss Amelia Mae”.
She said it was a huge thrill to win the competition — which she described as a celebration of women — from other more experienced competitors from throughout Australia.
Ms Williams said she loved the Cruise festival and being among people who were passionate about rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll.
“I love the Cruise, it is my Christmas,” she said.
She appreciated how men went to as much effort as women for their outfits.
Ms Williams, who tries to incorporate rockabilly style into her everyday outfits, said she had received a lot of support from people in Camperdown who had contributed items for her outfits.
Her win will give her an international profile, with a photo shoot for the American rockabilly magazine Drive-In.
Festival spokesman Arthur Bruce said the event was continuing its trend of getting bigger every year.
The festival celebrates myriad aspects of the rockabilly-themed subculture including music, dance, fashion, art and custom-built cars.
About 30 bands, including some from overseas, performed to packed venues over four days and burlesque shows were also popular.
Mr Bruce said the festival continued to grow because people loved the enthusiasm that patrons showed for rockabilly and the “happy family atmosphere”.
Among those exhibiting their treasured cars was Camperdown panel beater Gordon Judd, who proudly showed off his restored candy red 1974 HJ Holden.
“It was a white, beat-up farm ute when I first got it,” Mr Judd said.
“I don’t want to think about how much I’ve spent on it, but a lot of time’s gone into it. I just like doing up these sort of cars.”
Rockabilly fan Sharni Holtz travelled from Meredith for the festival, saying the 1950s-era resonated with her more than modern culture.
“I love anything rockabilly,” she said.
“I spend all my time thinking about it and I dress in it all the time.
“Even the little kids are getting into it, which is nice to see. I love that it’s all different ages.”