An­nual Rod Run has Bright purring

Alpine Observer - - Bright Hot Rods - By JUSTIN JENVEY

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of Bright’s Iconic Rod Run say the an­nual event con­tin­ues to at­tract more fam­i­lies.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Mike Dealy said this year’s run had a more dis­tinc­tive fam­ily at­mos­phere than pre­vi­ously.

“There was cer­tainly a lot more kids around and that’s good be­cause a fam­ily-ori­en­tated event is the di­rec­tion we are try­ing to take it,” he said.

With the Mel­bourne Cup ‘long week­end’ the pre­vi­ous week, some rods rolled into Bright ear­lier than usual while the ma­jor­ity of cars and fam­i­lies flocked in on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil es­ti­mated that about 20,000 peo­ple were ex­pected in the town, pro­vid­ing the re­gion with an eco­nomic boost val­ued at $3.3 mil­lion.

More than 500 cars made their way to Pi­o­neer Park for Sun­day’s Show ‘n’ Shine along with a crowd more than 10 times that fig­ure.

“We cap it at 500 en­tries and quite com­fort­ably hit that mark again and then let about an­other 50 cars on the oval,” Mr Dealy said.

“I heard that all the food ven­dors were run­ning out of food which is a fair in­di­ca­tion of the amount of peo­ple who went along, too.

“We al­ways con­ser­va­tively say 5000 at­tend but if the food ven­dors are sell­ing out we may have al­most dou­bled that.”

Mr Dealy said there had al­ready been plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back about the week­end.

“The Face­book page has been lit up with peo­ple say­ing how good it was, and the Rod Run phone has been ham­mered with peo­ple want­ing to know the dates for next year,” he said.

“A cou­ple of traders I’ve spo­ken to in town said they had won­der­ful week­ends and with only two com­plaints over the three days we couldn’t be hap­pier.

“Our com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Vic­to­ria Po­lice over the week­end was re­ally good – if they had any is­sues they con­tacted us and we worked through it with them.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts as well as those of Alpine Shire Coun­cil and Bright RSL for ac­com­mo­dat­ing us on Re­mem­brance Day.”

Mr Dealy said im­prove­ments ahead of next year’s Rod Run have also al­ready been flagged.

“We’re go­ing to have to look at traf­fic man­age­ment on the Sun­day be­cause al­though we have 500 cars at the oval for the Show n Shine there’s still a whole lot of peo­ple cruis­ing around town, so that’s some­thing we can do bet­ter,” he said.

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