Fam­ily fun day get­ting big­ger

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

A Min­ion, Olaf from the Frozen movie and the Sch­mackos dog will roam the streets hand­ing out hugs and choco­lates at the Co­bram IGA this Satur­day.

This odd bunch will be just some of the colour­ful char­ac­ters on dis­play at Ritchies Supa IGA Fam­ily Fun Day, which will kick off at 9.30 am.

Man­ager Mandy Hawke said this year’s fam­ily fun day was shap­ing up to be the biggest one the store had ever seen.

‘‘This is the sixth year we’ve been do­ing this and it just gets big­ger each year,’’ Ms Hawke said.

Money raised from the day will go to­wards CFA and SES, which will be sell­ing mon­ster raf­fle tick­ets at $2 each or three for $5.

‘‘We call it a mon­ster raf­fle be­cause we end up with a mas­sive table full of prizes,’’ Ms Hawke said.

The prizes will be drawn at 12.30 pm and there will be a bonus $100 Ritchies gift card for a lucky mem­ber of the au­di­ence.

Over the past five years the raf­fle has raised about $30 000 for much-needed equip­ment, some of which will be on dis­play.

Spe­cial guests this year will be Bren­dan Far­rell, Dan and Peter Ed­wards from the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners with their trailer full of mer­chan­dise, with all profits to go to­wards fuel for the trucks on the next hay run in Jan­uary.

There will be loads of en­ter­tain­ment for the kids, in­clud­ing a jump­ing cas­tle, face painter and mas­cot char­ac­ters to in­ter­act with.

IGA staff mem­ber Peter Fran­cis will be chan­nelling the spirit of Olaf from the Frozen movie.

‘‘The kids will love me. All I’ve got to do is bust a cou­ple of moves and the kids will be im­pressed,’’ he said.

Mr Fran­cis will be one of 10 mas­cots vol­un­teer­ing their time for free.

‘‘I thought I’d be get­ting at least time­and-a-half for the cos­tume and heat, but it’s all right. I’m do­ing it for the store and the kids,’’ he said.

IGA staff mem­ber Daniel Jon­son has watched ev­ery sin­gle Min­ion movie, which is why he will un­doubt­edly shine on the day as a Min­ion mas­cot.

‘‘I’ll try and do the Min­ion noises. I’ll see how I go. It’s for the kids,’’ he said

Ready for a big day: (From left) Peter Fran­cis (Olaf), Mandy Hawke (IGA man­ager), Emily Bird (Sch­mackos dog) and Daniel Jon­son (Min­ion).

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