Alstonville all abuzz at Main St family event
MAIN Street Alstonville was set to bursting yesterday as jazz dancers, cheer leaders, firemen, school bands, buskers, a jumping castle and racing pigs all helped make the Family Fun Day a great success.
"I can honestly say there was something there for everyone," Chamber of Commerce president Richard Lutze said. The day was all about promoting Alstonville as a destination to shop and work, and to "show people you can have a lot of fun in Alstonville," he said.
Shops, cafes and restaurants were all open and having a busy day.
A drive by parade from the North Coast Street Machines and a show from "Elvis", as well as 45 market stalls, all helped to round out the day.
"All the locals came out and supported the day, but what made the crowd really huge was that people heard about it and wanted to come up and see what was going on," Mr Lutze said.
The day was organised through a combined effort of the local Lion and Apex clubs,.
"It is always good when you organise an event and you get a good turnout," he said.
"People love to wonder the streets of a Sunday, put their kids on a ride, and watch the pig races," he said.
Main Street was given a make over when the bypass was opened, and the Family Friendly Fun Day was one way to promote the area, he said. The Ballina council encouraged the Chamber to put on the event and provided support.
The event helped to celebrate 150 years of settlement on the Alstonville Plateau.
Over at the pig racing spirits were high.
People were paying a $100 or more, via a boisterous public auction, to put their name to a little racing pig.
Once all seven were sold, they raced around a ring with the winner earning as much as $350 for its lucky owner, with the same amount going to the local Lions Club.
But the day was all about the community coming together and fundraising was secondary, Les Wiles from the Alstonville Lions Club said.
"I haven't got a clue how much money we have made, were just having lots of fun," he said.