Kyabram’s first RV and Country Music Corral proved a great success.November 14, 2012 4:47am
Kyabram’s first RV and Country Music Corral proved a great success with visitors and gave the town’s economy a welcome boost.
Almost 130 fifth wheelers, caravans, motorhomes and troopys came to Kyabram for the weekend’s inaugural event.
All states and territories, except Northern Territory, were represented among them and the friendly atmosphere their occupants created was evident right from when they started arriving last week until they left on Sunday and Monday.
Don and Robyn Archer from Menangle NSW enjoyed the free bus trip around Kyabram on Saturday morning and also did some shopping in town.
Corral committee member Aileen Veenstra said the organising committee will meet next week to review the event and indicated it was likely to be held again next year.
‘‘We’ll discuss how things went and think about what improvements we can make,’’ she said.
‘‘I think some of the shops in the town did quite well and hopefully the whole thing will be bigger and better next year.’’
Fellow committee member Allan Weeks did a large amount of work at the Kyabram Showgrounds in setting up the site and greeting and directing visitors on their arrival and during their stay.
He also supplied a mini-bus to help visitors get into town and back and it was noticeable how many shopping bags there were on the arms of those people returning to the showgrounds on Saturday morning.
Both Mr Weeks and Chamber of Commerce president Sheryl Hatch said they were disappointed there had not been more local support for the weekend’s concerts.
While the committee has not yet sorted through the feedback forms, it was clear there was a boost to Kyabram’s economy, with the number of orange wristbands seen in eateries and retail outlets, particularly on Saturday morning.
Don and Robyn Archer from Menangle, NSW said they thoroughly enjoyed their shopping trip and tour around the town and said good reports on events tended to spread quickly around the RV community.
Many of those attending had heard about the collapse of Banksia Securities and Shar Brett from Colac said she had deliberately not brought many supplies with her so that she could put something into the Kyabram economy during her visit.
Robyn Stewart from Chelsea, Victoria, a member of the Eastern Rosellas solos group, said a number of their group had decided to stop off in Kyabram for the country music before heading to Mulwala for another event next weekend.
Grantville resident Heather Campbell noted the admittance of dogs as being a factor which had encouraged her to come to Kyabram as some events do not allow dogs on the main site.
Cr Carol Howell said the committee had brought together a range of skills to make the corral happen.
‘‘We wanted to get Kyabram on the map and let people know what there is here for them,’’ she said.
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