Wind interrupted what could have been a chance to get a great view above Deniliquin for many locals and visitors on Saturday.
The strong breeze unfortunately prevented the Royal Australian Air Force team from offering any joyrides in their hot air balloon which featured at Memorial Park and later Edward River Oval in Deniliquin.
At their peak the winds were recorded at 17km/h by the Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday morning. While seemingly light, the Air Force crew said they take safety very seriously.
Locals were still able to take a close look at the balloon baskets, and even the device which creates the flame to keep the balloons in the air.
People also had the chance to meet Air Force personnel and learn more about aviation and the Royal Australian Air Force.
A big weekend of activities in Deniliquin and district provided the ideal opportunity for a family catch-up for Deniliquin’s John Creenaune.
John’s nephew Craig McDonald and Craig’s band ‘The Flannos’ featured at the Shovel Muster at the Pretty Pine Hotel on Saturday.
Craig is the frontman of the Bendigo band, and his appearance at the event, which focuses on Harley Davidson motorbikes, was incentive for John to attend for the first time.
‘‘It’s just one of those weekends where there’s so much on you have to try and fit it all in,’’ John said.
‘‘I’ve never been to a Shovel Muster before, but I made sure I could get out there this year.’’
Originally from Echuca, Craig’s former band ‘Under The Influence’ developed a following on Triple J.
BACK AT NORTH
It was a homecoming of sorts for Life Education Van educator Stephanie Vance last week.
Stephanie has started her tour of the local area with the well known van and its mascot, Healthy Harold, and her first stop in Deniliquin was at North Primary School.
Stephanie said she was a student teacher at the school in 2014 while still at Charles Sturt University in Wagga.
Originally from Finley, Stephanie is still based in her home town and travels the district with the van as required.
HAVING A BALL
While there were plenty of activities in Deniliquin over the weekend, the town welcomed plenty of travellers on Sunday following the annual Hay Dustdrinkers B’n’S Ball on Saturday night.
Many ball-goers were seen stopping in town, several of them covered head to toe in food dye.
One group of friends stopped at The Globe Hotel for lunch. They said they had travelled from all around the country with some from Cairns, Whittlesea, Melbourne, Bendigo, Echuca and Kyneton.
One member of the group, Nic ‘Millzy’ Mills, said it was an action packed weekend.
‘‘There were a few in the group who’d never been to a B’n’S but most of us are pretty experienced campaigners.
‘‘We saw the Globe and thought a parmi would go down nicely after our antics.’’
Also among the group were couple Darren McGarvie and Nicole York, who met at last year’s Hay B’n’S.