Crowds flock to Rheola Carnival

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The cold weather didn’t deter thousands flowing through the gates to the Rheola Charity Carnival.

The wintry conditions on Easter Monday were not enough to stop 3500 people descending upon Rheola.

Rheola Charity Carnival secretary Ellen Roberts said the carnival was a success.

“It was wintry conditions and it got very cold, but it went well. We didn’t get the rain Maryborough had,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the large crowd had behaved very well.

The most popular events at the carnival were the wood chops, the tractor pull, clay target shooting and the footraces.

Martin O’Toole, a world renowned axeman, entertained the crowd with his skill and won two events and received a placing in another.

Shane Maxwell of Inglewood won the Ken Sutton Memorial Underhand, a prestigious award for the Wimmera Axeman’s Association.

Jo Priest of Tarnagulla was crowned the victor of the Rheola Gift taking home a prize of $120.

Chris Wilson, also of Tarnagulla, won the 70 metre sprint handicap.

Maryborough’s Brayden Poole also had a win in the 700m mix race.

A great turn out of 30 dogs were enrolled in the sheep dog trials.

“The novelty events were also very well patronised,” Mrs Roberts said.

The novelty events included the sheaf toss, guess the weight of the sheep, bowling at the wicket, egg throwing and many others.

The Carnival Girls event boasted many entrants across the four age groups.

Miss Carnival Girl went to Sylvia McIntyre of St Arnaud, Alexandra Mason-Virtue was Miss Junior Carnival Girl, Dusty Raine McIntyre was crowned Miss Tiny Tot and Master Tiny Tot went to Lachlan Hudson of Melbourne.

“Everything was well patronised.

“We’re very pleased with the help we received,” Mrs Roberts said.

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