Local groups recognised
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).