Hun­dreds flock to en­joy in­au­gu­ral Fin­ley fes­ti­val

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - By James Ben­nett

Rail­way Park, Fin­ley was alive on Satur­day night as hun­dreds turned out for the FinCity mu­sic and food fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val go­ers im­mersed them­selves in lo­cal cui­sine and en­ter­tain­ment for a cou­ple of hours and some even found a handy pur­chase at the spe­cial twi­light farm­ers’ mar­ket.

Fin­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary and event co­or­di­na­tor Sue Hill said it was a re­lief to see it all come to­gether.

‘‘It was the most fan­tas­tic night for Fin­ley,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m so ex­cited the whole event came to­gether con­sid­er­ing we didn’t have a lot time to or­gan­ise it.

‘‘Cham­ber would like to thank the mu­si­cians, eater­ies and other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions for their in­volve­ment and a spe­cial thanks to ev­ery­one who at­tended.

‘‘FinCity is now on the Fin­ley cal­en­dar for next year and Cham­ber would love to hear feed­back on how we can make it even bet­ter.’’

Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Matt Han­nan de­scribed the night as great com­mu­nity event.

‘‘The night was suc­cess­ful be­cause the com­mu­nity turned up in masses, com­ing from Tocumwal and Ber­ri­gan, Deni and Blighty; plenty of kids, mu­sic and the food was great,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re try­ing to bring the com­mu­nity closer to­gether and this is one ex­am­ple of how we can do that.

‘‘There would have been many young tal­ented mu­si­cians sit­ting in the au­di­ence and want­ing to play next year.’’

Fin­ley eater­ies en­sured at­ten­dees went home with full bel­lies and in the case of the Fin­ley Lions, were forced to make an ex­tra trip back to Fin­ley Qual­ity Meats to get more sausages, kebabs and burg­ers.

Kick­ing off the mu­si­cal pro­ceed­ings for the evening was Fin­ley High School stu­dents Alice and Rose Cham­ber­lain and clos­ing out the event was newly formed lo­cal band Fake News.

Fake News lead gui­tarist Craig Hendy said it was an ‘‘out­stand­ing’’ night for the band’s de­but per­for­mance.

‘‘We had a ball and were well re­ceived by the crowd,’’ he said.

‘‘There are al­ways a few nerves when play­ing to­gether first time but once we started play­ing and the crowd got into it you do start to en­joy.

‘‘It was re­ally good to see other ‘un­seen’ lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent, es­pe­cially some of the younger kids.

‘‘Spe­cial men­tion to Gary Carr who spent many hours set­ting up and con­trol­ling sound equip­ment.’’

Not only was there lo­cal food and mu­sic, the Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket was tri­alling a new times­lot to go along with the fes­ti­val.

Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Gemma Brockie said she was ‘‘thrilled’’ with the in­ter­est the event gen­er­ated in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It cer­tainly ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘The stall hold­ers were all happy with be­ing able to show­case their prod­ucts along­side the mu­sic and food in the back­ground.

‘‘We have al­ready been asked to try and make this an an­nual event and that’s some­thing the com­mit­tee will look at.’’

Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket sec­re­tary Nola Pin­nuck with Therese Mac­der­mid, Re­nee Burke and Si­enna Burke. Photo cour­tesy Anne Free­stone.

LEFT: Vanessa Kydd (back) with Tommy Bain, Lin­coln Price, Eli­jah Tooke, Mar­garet Bald­win and Judd Clarke.

BE­LOW: Sharon Stevens gives henna tat­toos to Si­enna (left) and Jas­mine Burke.

Fin­ley High stu­dents (from left) Tash Jones, Kiara Wareny­cia, Macken­zie Han­nan and Jemma Coombs serv­ing Kirsty Clarke.

(From left) Ai­dan Fen­nell, Ja­cob Boyd, Kiarni Jones and Frie Rees.

(From left) Trish Renkin and Garry and Brooke Tate.

Fin­ley Lions vol­un­teers Carol Kennedy (back) and Steve McRae, Keith Kennedy and Ray Healey.

Nick Bray­bon (left) and Travis Beamer came over from De­niliquin for the fes­ti­val.

Anders, Rose and Kate Tilly, ‘Jess’ the dog and Michael and Ali­son Smith.

(From left) Alva Spence, Su­san Hill, Gary Brooksby, Ros Ryan and Anne Dud­ley.

Ber­nadette and Michael Agosta, Lind­say and Fred Donkin, Agnes King­ham and Karen Donkin.

Inara Fox, Graeme Fal­coner, Ian Fox, Jan­ice Christie, Estrella Bradier, Pe­ter Larsen and Kevin Linton.

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