Bring on Bairns­dale

Bairns­dale Field & Game will host the 2018 Na­tional Car­ni­val and the team is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

Field and Game - - NATIONAL CARNIVAL 2017 -

Pres­i­dent Michael Crane was at Wodon­gaal­bury shoot­ing his first Na­tional Car­ni­val but it wasn’t be­cause he’d sud­denly de­vel­oped a com­pet­i­tive streak or the se­cret to never miss­ing a tar­get. “It is my first Na­tional Car­ni­val; I came along fact-find­ing and it is an amaz­ing event, the scale of it, the num­bers, it is a big eye­opener,” he said. How­ever, the event is not new to Bairns­dale, which has been host­ing a 10-year cy­cle since 1998 and re­tains a >>

lot of mem­bers with ex­pe­ri­ence of host­ing a Na­tional Car­ni­val. “Our older com­mit­tee mem­bers have ex­pe­ri­ence and have been in that space be­fore, which will be a big help,” Michael said. “The Wodonga-al­bury branch has done a great job and we will have to work hard to em­u­late that. We will have to draw on a sis­ter club or two to help with in­fra­struc­ture and lo­gis­tics but we have a big vol­un­teer base at the club as well.” Bairns­dale is blessed with a brand new club room that is ex­pan­sive and per­fect for a ma­jor event, and there’s ad­di­tional land that will help with a six-ground set-up. “We can also run two prac­tice grounds on the Fri­day,” he said. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is plen­ti­ful and with Bairns­dale races sched­uled for Mel­bourne Cup Day 2018, the hope is that many will make it an ex­tended hol­i­day. “We have 1100 beds just within a 15 km ra­dius of our club and if you go out an­other ring it goes to 2500¬–3000 beds,” Michael said. “We’d like peo­ple to come for a four-day week­end and en­joy the Gipp­s­land Lakes and all the nat­u­ral won­ders we have, as well as com­pet­ing in a great event.”

Scout­ing trip: Bairns­dale pres­i­dent Michael Crane, trea­surer Reg Biggs and sec­re­tary Rachel Breukel at the Na­tional Car­ni­val

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