Deniliquin Pastoral Times journalist Zoe McMaugh reports on her behind the scenes look at Deniliquin's Matchmakers Festival.By Zoe McMaugh
For the last two years I’ve only had a glimpse into the annual Deniliquin Matchmakers Festival.
By covering the event for the Pastoral Times I thought I knew what it was all about. I was wrong.
This year, the third Matchmakers Festival, I got the chance to have a look at the event ‘behind the scenes’.
A friend, Paulette Vargas, won tickets to the festival on the Matchmakers Facebook page after attending last year.
Insistent I come along with her, I reluctantly agreed.
But the opportunity to see the event and learn more about the people who decide to give it a go appealed to me.
And knowing I would have Paulette and two more of my closest friends – Amanda Wilson and Anthony Young – by my side, I actually started to really look forward to it.
Many of the people I spoke with during the three-day event were, as they often called themselves, ‘‘repeat offenders’’.
A few, in fact, left the Sunday morning farewell breakfast with a genuine ‘‘see you next March’’.
Having now participated in the ‘love-fest’ myself, it is easy to see why they look forward to coming back each year.
There is an electric energy at the event, and the enthusiasm is contagious.
More than 150 single men and women made the Deniliquin RSL Club their home base for the weekend, sharing good food and good company.
And while the number of women far outweighed the men, no-one was ever left without someone to befriend.
The event truly is a great way to forge new relationships, romantic or otherwise.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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