RUN­NING FOR TRAINS:

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GRACE EVANS

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.

PHO­TOS: Dale Mann

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.

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