Dubbo eyes "Grey Mardis Gras" These people are serious too!Â I'm so glad I no longer have to be associated with their stupidity. Bid for iconic festival heats up FAYE WHEELER 17 Mar, 2010 12:33 PM A Michael Jackson extravaganza or a grey mardi gras or something else again - it is up to Dubbo to decide. Dubbo city councillor Peter Bartley will hold a second public meeting tomorrow to discuss if motorhome drag racing, romantic interludes or dancing in the streets could be the cityÃ¢Â€Â™s new iconic festival. Citizens should bring their voting hands because they will decide which four ideas are pursued. The meeting comes after several months of debate prompted by the bigger-than-Memphis annual Elvis festival to DubboÃ¢Â€Â™s south that left the city wondering why it could not match Parkes. Dubbo City Council had no answer and Cr Bartley received little support from some of his fellow councillors in January. Just two months ago Cr Bartley called for Dubbo to Ã¢Â€Âœput up of shut upÃ¢Â€Â and heÃ¢Â€Â™s delighted to see the city Ã¢Â€Âœput upÃ¢Â€Â. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m really excited about tomorrow night, I think there will be another huge crowd present and the accord and harmony in the community is amazing,Ã¢Â€Â he said yesterday. Ã¢Â€ÂœA lot of discussion and interaction has gone on since the last meeting and it has all been positive. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe most important thing for the meeting to decide upon tomorrow night will be agreeing upon a way forward that balances maintaining the momentum already built up but creating a strategy that will provide the foundation for a strong and lasting new festival for Dubbo and the region for many years to come.Ã¢Â€Â Seventeen submissions have arrived on Cr BartleyÃ¢Â€Â™s desk since the first public meeting in January. Those submissions provide ideas and plans for a variety of events the city could make its own, from a zoo festival to lonely hearts festival, from Michael Jackson to grey mardi gras events. In total, people who attend tomorrowÃ¢Â€Â™s meeting will have 10 festival ideas to vote on. The meetingÃ¢Â€Â™s agenda will allow people who made submissions to address the meeting before a vote to shortlist four ideas. Dubbo has a number of festivals sprinkled throughout its calendar but none have managed to pull in the numbers enjoyed by the Parkes Elvis Festival or the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The meeting will be held in the Western Plains Cultural Centre auditorium at 5.30pm.