The third annual Deniliquin Matchmakers Festival is ready to get underway.By Zoe McMaugh
Singles searching for love will make their way to Deniliquin this Friday for the third annual Deniliquin Matchmakers Festival.
Coordinated by the Deniliquin Business Chamber, registrations have been steady for the event, with more than 100 already booked in.
Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges said the majority of ticket-holders were ‘‘out-of-towners’’.
‘‘This year is a little different in that most of our ticket holders are coming from outside of Deniliquin.
‘‘In previous years at least 30 per cent have been locals, this year it is less.
‘‘That is great for the town’s economy.’’
Mrs Berges said ticket numbers were doing well, adding they may even sell out.
Also a change this year, the festival will be based mostly out of the Deniliquin RSL Club instead of the Waring Gardens.
Blustery weather conditions last year lead to the decision.
The RSL Club will be known as Matchmakers (MM) Headquarters for the three-day event, and will be the location for many of the activities.
It will host the welcoming party on Friday night, which starts with an official ‘meet and greet’ from 5pm followed by dinner in the beer garden.
There will be a host of match-making games to ‘break the ice’, as well as the popular speed dating.
From the RSL, Matchmakers patrons will head to the Globe Hotel where there will be live music.
On Saturday, the day starts with breakfast at MM Headquarters before the first planned group activity at McLean Beach.
A barbecue lunch at MM Headquarters will be followed by the second of the planned group activities — barefoot bowls.
That night, the Deniliquin RSL Club Dunlop Room will be turned into a beautiful ballroom for the traditional gala dinner.
The black tie dinner includes a five hour drinks package (beer, wine and soft drink) as part of the ticket price.
For tickets call Deniliquin Business Chamber on (03)
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