Tocumwal is gearing up for a busy weekend. More than 700 people are expected to make their way to the town for a big weekend of activities, including the biennial Mild2Wild Murray River Hot Rod Run.
As an added extra in Tocumwal this weekend, which is the Victorian Labour Day weekend, there will also be a market and a visit from the Spirit of Progress train.
Susan Brown from the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre said paired with the natural attractions of Tocumwal, visitors and locals alike are in for a great weekend.
‘‘We are expecting encouraging numbers on our beautiful sandy beaches along the river,’’ she said.
‘‘We also expect many visitors from surrounding towns and further afield to participate in the events occurring in Tocumwal.
‘‘We expect there will be about 250 passengers (on the train) who will visit the markets, show in town and hope to sight a hot rod or two.
‘‘We envisage a large influx of visitors and our village should be packed to capacity with people enjoying the holiday spirit our events should muster.
‘‘Tocumwal’s a magic place on the Murray.’’
Mrs Brown said local businesses should enjoy a brisk trade with diners, visitors looking for that special gift, coffees, groceries for those on a camping holiday, hotel trade and accommodation places enjoying extra guests.
In terms of events, the Foreshore Markets are a must to visit this Saturday.
All stall sites have been booked out for some time, meaning there will be plenty to see.
Also on Saturday, the Spirit of Progress train will make its first trip to Tocumwal.
It will travel from Melbourne and will be offering a return trip to Strathmerton at 1.45pm, and returning at 2.40pm.
Enjoy a trip through the Giant River Gums as you wind your way through the river forests.
The train will be carrying passengers from Melbourne, Seymour and Shepparton.
The Mild2Wild Murray River Hot Rod Run begins on Saturday, and at least 500 participants will gear up for a full weekend.
Some are planning a run to Yarrawonga on Saturday with others remaining in Tocumwal.
A Tocumwal street parade commences at 6pm, and anyone wishing to enjoy the thrill of a ride can do so for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Camp Quality.
The Cobram Rock’n’Rollers will show their skills during the evening and the Rodders plan to enjoy a barbecue on site.
On Sunday there will be a Show and Shine of the cars on the Foreshore and surrounds.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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