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Rheola Charity Carnival 2014

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by Sharon Greenaway (subscribe)
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Real Country Fundraiser Fair

Attending the annual Rheola Charity Carnival on Easter Monday was a pleasure and surprise.

The flyer announced 'Real Country Entertainment since 1871' and the fact that the Carnival has been raising funds for the Inglewood and Dunolly Hospital and the Rheola Public Hall and Rheola Pioneer's Park.

After only being in the Carnival for half an hour or so I found myself wishing I had come to this fair for many years before was provide to be so much fun!

Activities included the following:
Vintage Tractor Pull (most of the day)
Sheep Dog Trials (most of the day)
Clay Target Shooting
Woodchop which had people from as far away as Queensland entering

Footraces including the Rheola Gift which was won by J.Henthorp.

If you were missing your Melbourne races you could put on a bet with a local bookie Gary Thomas.

The weather was kind, which perhaps was an extra factor to the large turnout. Toward the middle of the afternoon a truck was reversed into the main fray and people gathered around for the judging of the Miss Rheola Carnival Girl.

We had to leave before the carnival was to be opened late in the afternoon by the local mayor and trophies to be given out by various dignitaries.

I learnt about this carnival this year in the local papers amongst the Easter activities for the region, so next year I strongly suggest you come to Bendigo and enjoy the weekend in Bendigo before attending Rheola on the Monday; you will get a taste of real olde fashioned country fun.
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When: Easter Monday 2014
Where: Rheola Public Hall
Cost: $6 Children under 14 Free
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