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Big year ahead for Finley Chamber

This year will be a big one for Finley, with the Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture driving a number of big events.

January 15, 2014 4:18am

The biggest by far will be the Monster Weekend this April.

Chamber secretary Sue Arnold said chamber members have been working hard on the multi-event weekend, and are now ramping up their efforts.

‘‘Plans are underway for the Monster Weekend to be held on Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6,’’ she said.

‘‘We are hoping everyone can get on board.’’

The jam packed weekend will boast crowd favourites including Finley Central Business District Market Days and the two-day Monster Garage Sale.

New to the weekend format this year will be a fabulous morning by the lake with a Farmers’ Market.

The Finley Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society will perform skits at the Finley Golf Club on the Friday night, with a live band providing the entertainment on the Saturday night at the Finley RS Club.

The action continues on Sunday with the return of ‘Big Boys Toys’, and the newly developed Rexpo – for all things canine.

A golf and bowls tournament will also feature throughout the weekend.

‘‘If the weekend proves a huge success, chamber is hoping the shire will add their support to this event, as well as the others happening in the local area,’’ Mrs Arnold said.

‘‘Chamber is hoping to work closely with the shire to allow the event to flourish.’’

The Monster Weekend will follow on from a busy Christmas period for the community.

‘‘Following on from the huge success of the Xmas Xtravaganza Chamber is looking forward to 2014,’’ Mrs Arnold said.

‘‘For that, chamber would especially like to thank Ray Macartney, Finley CWA, Finley Apex Club, Finley Rotary Club, Finley Soroptimists, Finley Lions Club, Finley Little Athletics, Finley Cricket Club, Finley Toy Library and Playgroup, Kieran and Aimee Davis, and Santa and his elves Emma and Hollie.’’

Adding to Finley’s calendar of events was the successful rodeo earlier this month and the upcoming tractor pull in Finley.

‘‘Finley of Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture wish to congratulate the Rodeo Committee on a successful event,’’ Mrs Arnold said.

‘‘The chamber would also like to remind everyone of the upcoming Tractor Pull to be held on February 15.’’

The events weekend is not the only positive project to be undertaken by chamber this year, Mrs Arnold said.

She said the newly reformed health sub-committee will also be setting out on numerous tasks for the year.

‘‘Chamber has also reformed the health sub-committee to work on local health requirements.’’

Mrs Arnold said with such a busy year ahead, there’s never been a better time for businesses to get involved with chamber.

Membership also entitles businesses to be included on chamber’s website – – for an annual fee of $99 (excluding GST).

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