Hundreds flock to enjoy inaugural Finley festival
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.