UP THERE: Stunt riders Brad Burch and Kain Saul at last weekend’s 24th Woodenbong Trail Ride.
UP THERE: Stunt riders Brad Burch and Kain Saul at last weekend’s 24th Woodenbong Trail Ride. Contributed

Trail ride packs them in

LAST weekend's 24th Woodenbong Trail Ride was a true rack 'n' roll show.

The family event was strongly supported and organised by Woodenbong Progress Association and was run with many hands-on volunteers and the assistance of every community group in the village, along with many local residents who joined in making this a successful fundraiser event.

Fundraiser a success

All this led to the whole community benefiting by the huge amount of revenue raised for projects, upgrades, new installations and community funds available for local pursuits and needs.

Woodenbong Trail Ride, which has bi-annually been running for 11 years and is run by Ray Buchanan of Australian Dirt Bike Adventures, attracted maximum numbers of exhilarated riders of all ages who registered. Senior numbers were capped at 500 for rider enjoyment but this year the figures for junior riders, aged four years and up, reached 200.

This was an extraordinary figure and it proved the family environment and connectivity was alive and well.

In some cases, families with three generations rode in the event.

Safety assured

The event is strictly monitored, trails are swept for safety purposes and there was a "no rego, no ride policy". All safety facilities are on hand to present a professional outcome.

Well over 1000 visitors swelled the usually quiet rural village that set up camp at Woodenbong Showgrounds and enjoyed the community spirit, as well as the challenging and beautiful forest rides and fabulous entertainment.

How lucky was Woodenbong and district to be offered such a quality event, and our many heartfelt thanks go to Ray and his family.

Stunt riding

On Saturday afternoon there was free public entry to the spectacular stunt riding demonstration from the ShowTime Riders, Brad Burch and Kain Saul, both veterans of Crusty Demons and Nitro Circus.

They appeared to defy gravity as they launched their machines high into the air with aerobatic ease, which enthralled the audience.

Helicopter rides ran all day and the afternoon entertainment for this event had the bonus fun of a jumping castle plus four other amusement rides and a visit from some local yowies which entertained the kids.

Fireworks display

The evening showcased a massive spectacular fireworks display, live entertainment with Occa Rock, festivities and great food including baked dinners and home-cooked desserts.

This also offered a social outlet for the locals to join in and experience the buzz of the event, and dance away the night.

Lots of thanks

A special thanks to Leroy Gardner of Rack N Roll Southport who generously donated, once again, one of these fabulous pieces of bike transport equipment for our progress association to raffle and the chosen charity this year was, as always, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter which is held in high esteem in the Woodenbong area for their commitment to our well-being.

Ray Buchanan endorsed a huge thank you to be given to all who gave of their time and energy to make this event the great success it was.

So if this whets your appetite, these events are held twice a year in Woodenbong, the next being May 2016.

Details can be found on www.australiandirtbike adventures.com.au or http://www.woodenbong.org

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