RUNNING FOR TRAINS:
It was high adrenaline on the tracks, as the great train race got underway at Euroa Wool Week festivities at the weekend. The crowd enjoyed everything that makes this time of the year unique for Euroa.
IT was another year of success for the Euroa Wool Week Spring Festival parade, as locals and travellers gathered to enjoy the incredible festivities that filled Binney Street on Saturday.
Festival coordinator Neville Mawson said the day brought a wonderful turn out of people and local businesses did very well.
“It was a really great turn out, probably the best we’ve had in a few years,” Mr Mawson said.
“The event is really appreciated by the whole community and this year was no exception.”
Local stall holders joined with local business to do their usual trade on the footpath.
The maypole dancing was one of the biggest hits of the day, with two groups going through and joining in on the long standing tradition.
This year’s pole was brand new and was made and contributed by local McKernans engineering.
With over 60 festival entries, the parade showed no signs of slowing down, as local service groups showed their banners with pride.
Mr Mawson honoured the big contribution of work Greg Dudley did in getting all of the entries into the parade.
Two old vintage shearing machines also made an appearance at the shearing section, “a mum and dad shearing plant” and an “early plant driven by stationery motor”.
A sure showstopper in itself was the great train race that put the crowd at a standstill, as they saw the local fire brigade give their all to take out top spot.
It was high energy down Binney Street as the competing teams tried to run the tracks to the front as the mini trains continued their pace.
“The crowd just loved it and everyone was getting really into it,” Mr Mawson said.
A new edition to the end of the day was the torchlight parade and firework display, which Mr Mawson said was a great way to end the day of activities.
HOLD UP THE BANNERS: Several local service groups and schools got among the festivities on the day.
REMEMBERING THE HISTORY: The parade showed off some off Euroa’s most impressive historical characters.
OPEN WIDE: Keen pie enthusiasts rallied to test out their eating skills.
SINGING OUT: Gayle Mawson and Jimmy Davidson provided the entertainment for passers-by.
PENNY FARTHING: Bruce Hargrave watches over Steph Ryan as she gives the first machine to be called a “bicycle” a try.
MARCHING BAND: Euroa Citizens’ band strutted their stuff during the parade.
A SIGHT TO SEE: The long standing tradition of Maypole dancing was no exception at this year’s parade.