Since 2007, sheriff Dougie Scott has been involved with Fairbridge Festival, working tirelessly as the festival’s controller of all things camping. Prior to this, he worked at another festival before being introduced to Fairbridge Festival by friends.
At his very first festival crew meeting, Dougie asked where his help was most needed. The camping responsibility had just been taken over from the Fairbridge Village so Dougie found himself assigned to overseeing this very integral role. Back then, they marked out every camping bay. Dougie saw this laborious and time consuming job as an unnecessary process that could be done away with.
Initially, Dougie attended the festival on his own. He recently married and his lovely wife, Anne, now accompanies him to the festival. It is her job to scout out the must-see acts. His favourite part of the festival is the kids’ comedy shows, the Sunday morning Talent Show in particular. He also really enjoys the end-of- festival get together with the crew on the Monday night.
Dougie’s most memorable moment at the festival is an infamous one! He was driving at night in a 4WD buggy to a large unauthorised fire in a remote field. He was busy looking where he was going over rough terrain and drove into a tree branch. It pierced the window, lifting him and the buggy off the ground with the branch stopping about a foot from his head!
Despite his near-death experience, Dougie loves Fairbridge Festival. He enjoys the music, but the real appeal is the community experience. He says it is the people involved that made him want to be a part of the festival.