Annual Rod Run has Bright purring
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.