WIN­ERY WALK­A­BOUT 2018 eco­nomic up­swing

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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.

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