Lo­cal groups recog­nised

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Lo­cal groups are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this year’s Win­ery Walk­a­bout week­end.

A ma­jor at­trac­tion in the North East, the Win­ery Walk­a­bout week­end seems to go off with­out a hitch – the crowds come in and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties, wine and the at­mos­phere, not know­ing the enor­mous amount of ef­fort that has gone on be­hind the scenes.

One of the iconic events for the week­end is the Coun­try Fair, when the main street of Ruther­glen is closed off to ve­hi­cle traf­fic and is taken over by foot traf­fic.

Each year, four com­mu­nity groups come to­gether to run the food stalls and, at a re­cent club meet­ing, the Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club recog­nised the groups that helped to make this year’s Coun­try Fair the suc­cess it was.

This year the groups were Indigo North Health, Ruther­glen Golf Club, Ruther­glen Scouts and United Hockey Club.

Each of these groups helped out with the food stalls at the Coun­try Fair and each group re­ceived $6000 for their ef­forts.

Along with these dona­tions, Ruther­glen Ro­tary also recog­nised a num­ber of other or­gan­i­sa­tions, with all dona­tions to­talling $27,700.

The Coun­try Fair, or­gan­ised by the Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club, has be­come an in­te­gral part of the Win­ery Walk­a­bout week­end and, since 2002, has do­nated back to lo­cal com­mu­nity groups over $335,000.

Coun­try Fair Chair, Colin Foster said he was de­lighted with this year’s re­sults.

“That is the beauty of this event – all that money raised over the years has stayed within the com­mu­nity,” he said.

He said each group com­mits to help­ing out for two years and over the last 16 years, 25 lo­cal groups have par­tic­i­pated and ben­e­fited from the dis­tri­bu­tion of the funds.

This week­end has de­vel­oped into a key event of the Ruther­glen tourist cal­en­dar, and the town will con­tinue to ben­e­fit in the years to come.

Left to right – Steve Jones (Club Pres­i­dent), Steve McIn­tosh (Indigo North Health and Coun­try Fair Sec­re­tary), Lau­rie Thatcher (Golf Club), Mel Field (Scouts), Jan Wil­lett and Kay Lumby (United Hockey Club) and Colin Foster (Coun­try Fair Chair).

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