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Chamber wants shops trading throughout Monster Weekend

The Finley Monster Weekend will be held Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6, and businesses are being encouraged to make the most of the opportunity.

March 26, 2014 4:37am

Businesses are being encouraged to stay open for locals and visitors alike for the Finley Monster Weekend – Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6.

Whether it’s for garage sales, dogs or show ‘n’ shines, the weekend will attract thousands of people to Finley and district for the annual event.

Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture secretary Sue Arnold said it is expected to be a huge weekend.

She said there could be benefits for business owners and those attending the Monster Weekend if shops are open.

‘‘We’re very excited for such a big weekend,’’ Mrs Arnold said.

‘‘Chamber is encouraging all businesses to get on board and be open all weekend, and make the town look alive.’’

Mrs Arnold said the weekend is jam-packed with a list of activities promised to entertain.

It will kick-off with the Central Business District Market Days on the Friday, followed by the two-day Monster Garage Sales throughout town on the Saturday and Sunday.

There is a small fee to hold a stall and vendors should book at least 10 days prior to the event with garage sale organiser Gil Silby on 58832073.

On Saturday the Farmers’ Market by the Finley lake also can’t be missed.

Entertainment will be provided that night at the Finley RS Club before the highly anticipated ‘REXPO - for the love of dogs’ is held on Sunday.

New this year, the event is the brainchild of Max Whittaker and is gearing up to be full of entertainment and all things canine.

One of the REXPO coordinators Janette Morris said the ideal day for all dog lovers will begin from 9am.

‘‘There’s a lot going on,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got a dog high jump and obstacle course and kids activities, which will include categories like happiest dog, hairiest dog and more.

‘‘Australian Frisbie champion Jeff Socha will also be there and Rodney Gucci is bringing his six dogs and they’ll be doing demonstrations.

‘‘And there’s Max and Wolfie’s attempt at the world record for the most singing dogs.

‘‘Max has come up with all these weird and wonderful things. Hopefully it will be a fun day for people and their dogs.

‘‘There’s cash and prizes up for grabs for all the events ... if it takes off it’s likely to become an annual event.’’

Janette said there’s also a fancy dress where people can enter their dogs in the ‘REX Factor’ to show off their talents.

Plus a ‘flea’ market and ‘dog’s breakfast’ will also be held on the day.

Also on Sunday, the Southern Riverina Vehicle & Machinery Club will host ‘Big Boys Toys’.

The show ‘n’ shine line-up of cars, trucks motorbikes and boats will include boat demonstrations and a swap meet.

Organiser George Scorgie said people are ‘‘very interested’’ in the event, which is being held from 9am-2pm.

‘‘If everyone turns up there will be cars of all types – semi-trailers, steamboats, classic, vintage vehicles and more.’’

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

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