Jamieson Au­tumn Fes­ti­val and Gala Jazz Cabaret great suc­cess story

Mansfield Courier - - HEALTH & WELL BEING -

THE in­au­gu­ral ‘Jamieson Au­tumn Fes­ti­val and Gala Jazz Cabaret’ was held at the weekend.

Or­gan­is­ers Fred­die Leong, Peter Ho­ran, Rob Thur­ley and Chris Badrock with a large con­tin­gent of vol­un­teers con­ducted a fes­ti­val to re­mem­ber.

The Heav­enly Trea­sures mar­ket in the grounds of St Peter’s church, was well at­tended as was the spec­tac­u­lar Static Car dis­play in the grounds of St John’s Church, with hun­dreds of en­thu­si­asts stunned by the sheer beauty of the ex­hibits.

The fes­ti­val hay bale rolling com­pe­ti­tion was keenly con­tested, with the Court­house Ho­tel team tak­ing the prize from the Jamieson CFA team, al­beit some very ‘dodgy’ tac­tics were utilised.

The tro­phy is proudly dis­played in the ho­tel bar.

Ken Hop­kin­son, our lo­cal ‘Bard’, re­cited some won­der­ful Bush Po­etry as did Mans­field poet Val Kir­ley.

Irene and Alan Rice with their horse Judy were very pop­u­lar with the crowd, as they pro­vided rides in their wagon around the town.

There was ‘gold pan­ning’, craft demon­stra­tions and a con­tin­u­ous bar­be­cue at the po­lice pad­dock. The Cow Lotto was a scream. A $500 prize was won, as the oblig­ing bovine was cheered on to deliver the goods.

The gold nugget throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion was a huge suc­cess, with dozens of hope­ful com­peti­tors try­ing their best.

The com­pe­ti­tion to throw the nugget the fur­thest dis­tance reached an amaz­ing 14 me­tres.

The ‘gold nuggets’ were col­lected from the Post Of­fice by Alan Rice in the cov­ered wagon

The pa­trons en­joyed an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance by this amaz­ing group of stel­lar per­form­ers, fol­low­ing an au­then­tic New Or­leans tra­di­tional Cre­ole Din­ner.

HOME own­ers and for­mer res­i­dents Bill and Mau­reen Doig (nee Pope), cel­e­brated their daugh­ter’s wed­ding at their Jamieson river­side home re­cently.

The Doigs hail from Wagga Wagga.

Tara Doig mar­ried RAAF cor­po­ral Glenn Noye.

Tara wore a strap­less mermaid de­sign white or­ganza gown fea­tur­ing a ruf­fled train.

Some 120 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guests en­joyed the cel­e­bra­tions.

The cater­ers Lamotte from Wagga Wagga are fam­ily friends and girl­friend Shayne Broekhoff sup­plied the mag­nif­i­cent flow­ers.

The cou­ple re­side at Point Cook.

JAMIESON Pri­mary School stu­dents last week en­joyed ‘Ride Your Bike to School Day’. The day was a safety and care ex­pe­ri­ence.

Stu­dents, teach­ers and some par­ents rode their bikes to the ‘Is­land’, at the con­flu­ence of the Goul­burn and Jamieson rivers, where they demon­strated their ped­alling prow­ess.

One wheel stands and jump­ing with donuts and wheel­ies thrown in and a ride along the scenic track made for a very happy day.

RAD­I­CAL TRICKS AND IDEAS: Skate users meet with Tom Jones from Playce and Mans­field Shire Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives to re­view the con­cept de­signs for the up­dated skate park, and share their own ideas.

PHOTO: Fred­die Leong

THE EN­TER­TAIN­ERS: The Leg­endary Peter Gau­dion’s Blue Ex­press at the Jamieson Jazz gala night held on Satur­day as part of the Jamieson Au­tumn and Jazz Fes­ti­val.

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