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This week in 1968

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• BACK TO 1968: A snippet of the Warracknabeal Herald featuring a trade fair motif, by artist Ian Howard.

THE Warracknabeal Herald returns to 1968, to see what was happening, with this week being a busy affair for Warracknabeal, as the Trade Fair was nearing in a week’s time.
Warracknabeal’s Springtime Trade Fair was set to take place a week after this current week, with the whole town working hard to prepare for it.
The event was opened by the Japanese Consul-General.
The Trade Fair had a wide range of exhibits, that catered to women, children, athletes; the event had something to hold everyone’s interests.
Many exhibitors offered samples, demonstrations and information about their different exhibits.
The Springtime Trade fair promised to be the biggest event in Warracknabeal’s history at the time and it enjoyed massive support not only from the town citizens, but throughout the shire’s district.
The Trade Fair was to take place during the school holidays, which ensured an even greater attendance.
Trade Fair organisers decided to allow all feature attractions in the Warracknabeal Town Hall during the fair to be free.
The only monetary charge was on admission and after that, films, slot cars, the art exhibition, roller bikes, a judo demonstration, a lapidary display, Japanese doll display and an anti-cancer machine could all be seen or operated free of charge.
Adults payed 40 cents and children 20 cents to enter the town hall, obtaining a program and were exempted from paying anything for any attractions.
The Trade Fair also had a “Woman’s World” which was held on the Thursday afternoon of the week long event, which sought to provide feminine oriented programs specifically aimed at the women that attended the Fair.
Graetz Emporium presented their spring fashion collection which numbered about 100 garments in total.
There was also a hair styling demonstration by Warracknabeal hairdresser Jenny Lardner.
Among the dozens of displays Miss Victoria 1963, Miss Maryla Busko demonstrated make up and advised on questions about skin care.
Miss Busko was a Revlon consultant and was invited especially for the fair by Warracknabeal Pharmacist Lindsay Smale.
Cosmeticians Miss Margaret Hood and Miss Carolyn Hewitt gave out tips and advice on wigs and hair pieces.
Cooking demonstrator, Miss Susan Winston attended the Fair to cook various dishes for event attendees.
Many household goods and other knick knacks were on display for the day.
In other news, a veteran of Vietnam and Kenmare resident Barry Clugston returned home to Australia, after spending five months as a tank driver in Vietnam.
His return was celebrated at the Kenmare Hall.
Warracknabeal Hospital and Yallambee House Auxiliary members were busy planning their cocktail parade for the September 24. There were also talks of holding a hat and hairdo parade as well.
BTV six television personality, Mr Eric Gracie attended the Warracknabeal Trade Fair.
He was there to introduce competitors in the hand ball competition and mystery tune competition on Thursday night, in the town hall and in the afternoon would also introduce competitors in the mannequin parade.
The mystery tune competition consisted of an organist playing random tunes, Eric Gracie would ask people with a certain number on their program to go up and guess the name of the tune.
Each successful competitor would receive a prize for their efforts.
Residents from Beulah and Red Cross members travelled to Warracknabeal for Ambulance officer lectures and first aid classes.
Despite flu casualties eight people travelled from Beulah to Warracknabeal for the introductory lecture.
After the lecture the group continued to be tutored by Dr Brayshaw from Beulah at the Lutheran Hall.
The classes would then alternate on a weekly basis between Warracknabeal and Beulah.