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Predicted heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are forcing the Shire of Murray to cancel the upcoming Pinjarra Festival

The Shire of Murray has canceled this weekend’s Pinjarra Festival due to forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Shire said it was “extremely disappointed” to cancel the festival just days in advance.

The annual festival is the Shire’s largest free community event and was due to take place on June 1 and 2. 20,000 visitors are expected at the Edenvale Heritage Precinct, with live music, more than 100 market stalls and fairground attractions planned for the whole weekend.

The Shire said it was a “responsible choice” to cancel the event, but said it was “an extremely difficult decision to make”.

“At 5am today, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a 95 per cent chance of rain, which is expected to reach 35mm on both Saturday and Sunday,” the statement said.

“There is also a chance of thunderstorms with wind speeds of up to 35 km/h.

“The risks associated with setting up and hosting a community event in such circumstances have meant that the festival cannot go ahead.

“The Shire extends its sincere thanks to all involved in the planning and preparation of the 2024 event, and thanks suppliers and event sponsors for their continued support.”

The statement noted that the festival would return in 2025 “bigger and better than ever before.”

The Alcoa and Pinjarra Rotary Art Exhibition and Sale at the Pinjarra Civic Center and the Pinjarra Antique, Vintage and Collectables Fair at the Pinjarra Heritage Train Station continue throughout the weekend.

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