A big weekend to celebrate 175 years since Henry Kent Hughes formed Avenel Estate.By Chalpat Sonti
If the organisers of Avenel’s 175th anniversary celebrations were concerned beforehand how the weekend would go, it didn’t take long to erase the doubts.
From the time more than 200 people turned up to the Friday night launch and concert, to the great weather that ensured the success of Saturday morning’s parade, to the barn dance and (especially) fireworks display that night, which was rated by many (if not the town’s dogs) as one of the best they’d seen, the weekend went almost without a hitch.
Even a drizzly Sunday couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm with a fun run, tennis tournament and the official opening of Avenel Primary School’s new building among the highlights.
And that’s not forgetting the many other events that were well attended around town, including an art and crafts and historical displays, barefoot bowls, breakfast at the bridge and church service.
‘‘There were so many family activities and it was wonderful to see so many people who lined the streets to watch the street parade on Saturday morning,’’ Avenel 175 steering committee chairman Jim Peart said.
It’s fair to say that those charged with organising the double century in 25 years time will have a hard act to follow.
Every man and his dog appeared to either be in Avenel on in the parade on Saturday, including this sidekick to the clydesdales...
This 1940 tank is towed by an only slightly-newer truck at the head of the vinatge car line-up in the parade.
It was a long weekend for many of those running things, such as Avenel Primary School teacher Neil O'Sullivan (left), who cools off in the shade of the school's oak tree.
Max Pollard of Nagambie had this beautifully-restored truck in the parade.
The vintage cars, led by Avenel's Joe Melbourne, at the end of the parade.
The Victorian Police Pipe Band didn't miss a beat during the parade.
Strathbogie Shire councillor Malcolm Little signs up some of the Avenel market float participants on Saturday morning.
The Avenel market float in full swing.
John Thomson rides on the back of an old fire truck as part of the Avenel fire brigade's parade contribution.
The Carlton Clydesdales were their usual show-stealing selves.
Mae Goodman, 2, and mum Belinda Steers in the parade.
Karen Clarke and Eril O'Connor were among the many Avenel Football Netball Club volunteers manning the popular sausage sizzle at Avenel Primary School.
The Mitchell Shire Concert Band provides entertainment at Avenel Primary School on Saturday afternoon.
The barn dance on Saturday night was a rocking good time.
The fireworks display was rated one of the best they'd seen by many in the crowd.
Avenel Primary School pupils and principal Graham Wood on guitar at the opening of the school's new building.
Mona Burns, 93, opens the new Avenel Primary School building.
The craft display at the hall was good fun as well as colourful.
Avenel Primary School pupils march and ride during the parade.
Tatura’s Jennifer Hippisley will head up a state education advisory group after being elected as the chair of the Victorian Local Learning and Education Network Broker Network.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A frequent visitor to northern Victoria, Care Connect's Graham Custance recently won a national award for his work supporting indigenous elders to achieve better health and wellbeing.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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