There was something for everyone at Finley's Monster Weekend, which was held from last Friday to Sunday.SOPHIE BURGE April 9, 2014 3:22am
The sun was shining at Finley’s 13th annual Monster Weekend which was a huge success, attracting hundreds of people from the surrounding towns.
Friday kicked off with the Central Business District Market Day followed by the stunning array of local produce at the Finley Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning.
Activities continued throughout the weekend with two days of garage sales and the highly anticipated REXPO and Big Boys Toys on Sunday.
Finley Farmers’ Market president Jane Harris said there was something for everyone.
‘‘Anything that brings people to the town is a great opportunity. People who may not have usually come to the market did so on Saturday,’’ she said.
‘‘There were 25 stalls which included a variety of artisan stalls that produced quality in the form of wooden toys, beautiful candles, Aussie Wool quilts and a range of food products,’’ she said.
‘‘The market brings people into town from a wider region, which then brings money to the local economy.’’
But it wasn’t just at the lake where the town was alive, with the monster two-day garage sales starting on Saturday morning.
Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Sue Arnold said businesses also got into the spirit and offered some Monster Weekend specials.
‘‘It was a huge success,’’ she said.
‘‘There were about 40 garage sales and everyone was really happy with the response from outside of town.
‘‘Businesses were also happy as they were really busy’’.
Entertainment was provided throughout the town on the Saturday night for visitors sticking around for the big attractions on Sunday.
The new event added to the annual weekend, REXPO, saw four-legged friends on show for a fun filled day of all things canine.
Adults and children were invited to bring along their dogs of all shapes and sizes to participate in the day’s activities.
These included a ‘flea’ market, kids activities, a dog obstacle course, dog’s breakfast and a fancy dress competition called REX Factor was also popular.
Local Australian Frisbie champion Jeff Socha demonstrated his frisbie skills, performing for the 400 people who came through the gates and mostly with their dogs.
‘‘REXPO ran really well and the response from people was really positive,’’ Mrs Arnold said.
‘‘It was enjoyed by everyone who attended and I’m sure it will continue next year.
‘‘People even came from Ballarat for the event, staying in town overnight.
‘‘Max Whittaker attempted his world record to get as many dogs singing in tune, starring his own singing dog Wolfie. Of the 20, about six sung in tune.’’
Sunday also showcased the Southern Riverina Vehicle and Machinery Club’s Big Boys Toys event.
A line-up of classic and vintage cars, trucks and other types of vehicles were on display for all to see.
There were about 75 show ‘n’ shine cars, as well as model boats being tested on Finley Lake.
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