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up for many social groups or family groups, so it’s providing that draw card back to the region where groups far and wide are getting together and coming along which is nice.”
Ms Nolan thanked all the wineries and other services that contributed over the two-day period.
“The wineries are always great; they work really hard to make the event happen. Big thanks to all of the other service providers for supporting the event the right way and allowing it to run as smoothly as possible,” she said.
The Rutherglen Country Fair, which is also part of the Winery Walkabout, was packed all day with more than 300 stallholders lining the busy street in the centre of town.
There was free entry into competitions that included barrel rolling, where competitors race to roll large wine barrels up and down the busy street, and the infamous grape stomping contest.
According to Ms Nolan visitors were mostly well behaved, but she expressed her frustration over anti-social behaviour shown by few individuals.
“It is disappointing that people don’t take care for themselves and in turn those around them, but ultimately there were 17,000 people there to enjoy it and most people carried themselves quite well,” she said.
“It is actually an odd experience for a lot, with some people potentially having their first exposure or experience with wine.
“They probably aren’t too sure how to experience it properly, so that’s always going to happen.
“I don’t think there’s a festival anywhere that gets through unscathed, overall we had a really sensible crowd.”
Rutherglen Sergeant Brian Curran shared similar thoughts, telling The Free Press that despite the safe behaviour of the majority of patrons, police officers were unfortunately still kept busy.
“For the most part people were pretty well behaved. For so many thousands of people that attend we only had a small number of trouble makers,” he said.
“Four people were all up arrested for being drunk in a public place.
“One man was arrested for possessing drugs at Cofield Wines. He is due to face a Magistrates court at a later date.”
One woman was also hospitalised after being hit by a bus at one of the local wineries car parks.
“Team Orange” travelled from Shepparton to be at this year’s Winery Walkabout.
The Apex Office Workers cross the finishing line victorious in the Teams Great Australian Barrel Rolling Competition.