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Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Tom Price busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents will be out in force next week­end when one of the big­gest events on the town’s so­cial cal­en­dar, the Muzzy’s An­nual Com­mu­nity Fundraiser and Trade Show, re­turns af­ter a year’s break.

Muzzy’s Hard­ware will host the pop­u­lar com­mu­nity event for its sev­enth show­ing on May 27, af­ter it skipped a year in 2016 be­cause of the min­ing down­turn tak­ing a hard toll on the town.

Or­gan­iser Suzanne Ed­wards said the fair was a large-scale event that was run for the com­mu­nity, by the com­mu­nity.

“Usu­ally, we get about 1200 par­tic­i­pants com­ing through over the day and lots of peo­ple come in from out of town as well as in town,” she said.

“We have over $10,000 in prize give­aways, there’s games and com­pe­ti­tions for all ages, and we have a very high in­put from lo­cal busi­nesses that pro­vide do­na­tions for raf­fles.”

“The whole event is unique in its de­sign in that it brings to­gether the com­mu­nity (mem­bers), com­mu­nity groups and small busi­nesses . . . and it’s a way for us to give back.”

Twenty-two busi­nesses from a range of in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing trades, tourism, re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity, have reg­is­tered and have each do­nated a raf­fle prize or con­trib­uted in kind.

There is also set to be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, with fire truck rides, skill-tester games, sports com­pe­ti­tions and an an­i­mal pet­ting zoo among the events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, as well as a rare visit from Home Tim­ber and Hard­ware mas­cots Rusty and Sandy.

Other draw­cards will be the main raf­fle prize of a $3500 “man-cave makeover” with Muzzy’s Hard­ware sup­plies and fresh hot dough­nuts cooked on-site by the hard­ware store team.

Ms Ed­wards said there was a lot of lo­cal ex­cite­ment around the event re­turn­ing af­ter a year’s break. “There are still so many good things about this town that we felt it was time to get it out there and say ‘look what we do have’, so we can start fo­cus­ing on the pos­i­tives and get the com­mu­nity groups out there that peo­ple may not know are in town,” she said.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult cou­ple of years . . . it’s time to put the past neg­a­tives be­hind and look for­ward to a pos­i­tive fu­ture, and it’s im­por­tant it goes ahead.”

Co-or­gan­iser Rhys Ed­wards said he hoped to beat the last event’s to­tal of $25,000 raised.

The event will run from 8.30am-2.30pm on Satur­day, May 27. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Muzzy’s Hard­ware on 9189 1023.

Pic­ture: Jo Heptin­stall

Muzzy’s An­nual Com­mu­nity Fundraiser and Trade Show is tak­ing place for the sev­enth time next week­end.

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