The 2014 Berrigan Autumn Festival has been cancelled due to a lack of support.February 19, 2014 1:22pm
The Berrigan Lions Club has been forced to cancel the 2014 Autumn Festival due to a lack of support.
Lions president Inara Fox said it was a hard decision for the club, but said it had no other choice.
She said the growing insurance costs for the event have also had a huge impact on its future, saying those costs are eating into funds that can be held over for next year’s event, which Lions are hopeful will return.
‘‘There was just a lack of support from the community to help run the event,’’ Mrs Fox said.
‘‘We tried to get football clubs interested in the Big Kick event again, but there was little response.
‘‘The biggest killer is the insurance – Lions has their own liability insurance but there were some events it did not cover and we had to put a bit extra on top.
‘‘After a whole year of work to get the 2013 event going, we only made $169 profit.
‘‘The Lions just got disheartened by the whole thing.’’
The Autumn Festival replaced the annual Canola Festival, which featured a number of new events last year.
The Big Kick competition was the most anticipated of the new events, and rewarded the person with the highest football kick. Entrant had to kick over a banner held up by two 43m high Babcon cranes.
The Autumn Festival also featured a tractor pull and lawn mower races, which always draw a crowd.
There was a brumby display and static displays of steam engines, vintage cars and motorbikes as well.
Also keeping festival goers busy was an art, craft and quilt exhibition and sale at the Memorial Hall, a twilight cinema, live entertainment, a Lego competition, Nitro car demonstration, dodgem cars, show rides and a jumping castle.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Bernard Curtin said it was a shame the event had to be abandoned this year, saying he sympathised with the organisers.
‘‘I believe they found it quite hard to get workers and enough interest for events like the Big Kick.
‘‘Last year was the first attempt at a new format and I think there was a bit of disappointment about a lack of support.
‘‘These things take a bit or organising and I do encourage people to get on board for next year.
Mrs Fox said while disappointed to have to cancel the event this year, the Berrigan Lions Club is not giving up on it altogether.
She also said Lions is working on a number of other events to help fill the void.
‘‘We will be trying to get support for next year, but in the meantime there are a few other things we’re doing this year instead,’’ she said.
‘‘We have the public speaking competition on Wednesday (tonight) and are hosting an Easter egg hunt in April.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.