WARRACKNABEAL’S annual Y-Fest celebrations exceeded all expectations once again and was a resounding success attracting huge number of visitors to Warracknabeal.
The weather during the long weekend was simply perfect for any activity with sunny skies and just a hint of a breeze keeping everyone comfortable.
The weekend started with the opening of the Art Show on Friday evening, featuring artist Allison Parkinson who originally lived in the Bangerang district and her artist partner, Peter Cougle.
Saturday’s Street Parade again exceeded expectations with 69 vehicles, tractors and other types of machinery and joined by ﬂ oats and displays to produce another large parade.
The parade entertained the large crowd who gathered to see the variety of vehicles and ﬂ oats that took part.
A highlight of the parade was the many varieties of tractors, showcasing the Chamberlain tractor, with many models taking centre-stage along with a great selection of other types of tractors.
Crowds were mesmerised by the old beauties which included a 1925 Chev Superior restored by Des Hewitt, 1939 Ford Standard Coupe ute driven by Aaron Keller, a 1944 Ford Jeep restored over 35 years ago and driven by Graham Drage and a 1929 cream and a burgandy two-door Oakland sedan.
“Numbers are deﬁnitely as good if not better than previous years,” Lance Huebner, president of the Y-Fest committee said.
“Everywhere I have been, the numbers appear to be as good as last year which was a landmark occasion with town getting ready for the 150th celebrations,” he said.
The Warracknabeal Races had a great crowd who thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere only a Cup Meeting can produce, with entertainment for all ages to ﬁll in the time between races and no doubt the beautiful weather was a contributing factor. The Cup itself saw the favourite come home in an exciting race.
Fashions on the Field provided an elegant side-line for race-goers with good ‘ﬁelds’ in each of the events.
Gabbi Powell and Will Richardson took the honours as the lady and man of the day after some extremely stiff competition.
The Busking Competition again attracted not only excellent participants, but drew a good-sized crowd of spectators who soaked in the great entertainment in the tranquil surrounds of the Lions Flora and Fauna Park with Jamie Golder of Murtoa taking out the competition.
Wheatlands Museum’s Annual Vintage Machinery Rally saw large numbers of visitors over the weekend as all things Chamberlain was celebrated by a crowd enjoying a relaxing day or two enjoying the rally.
Once again the Hay Bale Maze was a resounding success with the kids and those still young at heart, especially on the Sunday when an Easter Egg Hunt attracted the great number of children taking part in the annual egg-grab.
The inaugural Armed bowls competition with 24 bowlers from eight clubs was scintillating for both players and spectators who came along to watch.
A play-off was needed to decide the eventual winner which even after three ends of play, an additional end had to be played to ﬁnd a winner.