Hot rods a sheer de­light in Jamieson

Mansfield Courier - - WHAT’S ON - With Carmel Dixon

SOME 150 ‘Rods’ ar­rived in Jamieson to par­tic­i­pate in the 10th An­nual High Coun­try Rod Muster last Fri­day.

The town­ship was fully booked for ac­com­mo­da­tion and the weather was warm and sunny on Satur­day for the out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rock and Roll dancers per­formed on the dance floor out­side the Court­house Ho­tel and the crowds gath­ered as the band ‘Jump and Jive’ per­formed on the ho­tel bal­cony.

All 150 cars (Rods) took part in the ‘Jamieson Cruise’, which en­com­passes the main town grid with many driv­ers al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to take part by trav­el­ling in these splen­did ve­hi­cles.

The week­end muster com­menced on Fri­day evening, with a welcome din­ner at the Court­house Ho­tel at­tended by about 200 peo­ple.

Hosts Jan and Ben Tweedly were de­lighted that so many Muster mem­bers braved the gloomy weather fore­cast.

On Satur­day morn­ing CFA and com­mu­nity group mem­bers cooked break­fast for 200 guests, fol­lowed up with a bar­be­cue lunch in the mar­quee.

On Sun­day the Jamieson CFA mem­bers and vol­un­teers again pre­pared break­fast and lunch for the vis­i­tors.

There were many other ac­tiv­i­ties on Sun­day - a lone piper played for passers by and car­a­van park guests, on the banks of the Jamieson River.

Lo­cal ‘Smithy’ Craig Eury demon­strated his tal­ent at the mu­seum, cre­at­ing pieces for the vis­i­tors.

The an­nual Duck Race was held at the car­a­van park swim­ming pool, as the Jamieson River was flow­ing too fast to keep up with the ‘ducks’.

‘Cow Poo’ lotto was a riot, as there were no avail­able cows to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents.

In times of need, im­pro­vi­sa­tion comes to the fore - a lady wore a ‘Cow Suit’ and a seeded loaf was used.

The win­ner was lo­cal Jamieson pre-schooler Char­lie Eury, with the $400 first prize, with dad Craig want­ing a cut, as he bought the ticket.

The Bil­ly­cart race was con­ducted in Brown Street and was a great suc­cess.

WITH all of the ac­tiv­i­ties in Jamieson, two of the at­tend­ing Rod Muster mem­bers de­cided to sur­prise their friends and mar­ried on Sun­day af­ter­noon in the Memo­rial Hall.

Rhonda and Eric Goulthorp hail from Tor­rum­bary near Echuca.

Leanne Carolan was the cel­e­brant who con­ducted the ser­vice where more than 100 Rod mem­bers wit­nessed the oc­ca­sion and singer Gavin Chatlier per­formed.

An af­ter­noon ‘tea’ was en­joyed by the guests and the bridal cou­ple fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony.

“Smithy Craig Eury man­u­fac­tured a wed­ding gift of a ‘fire poker’, a ‘hook’ and a ‘key ring’ while he was demon­strat­ing at the mu­seum.

20 YEARS TO BUILD: A Ford 1934 Tourer in Chardon­nay and Bordeaux liv­ery with a home­made van, owned by Peter and Jeanie Gre­gory.

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