Finley’s next big event, FinCity Food and Music Festival, will be held for the first time this Saturday.
Featuring a host of local and regional musicians, mouth-watering food and drinks and the famed Finley Farmers’ Market, the inaugural festival will be held at Finley’s Railway Park in Endeavour St.
The event is the brainchild of the Finely for the Future Committee — a sub-committee of the Finley Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Finley Farmers’ Market Committee member and Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said as well as being a great chance to bring the community and its visitors together, the economic benefit of the event will be positive.
‘‘We can hopefully attract people from the surrounding towns, and that can only be good for the community,’’ he said..
‘‘Finley has a lot of events on the calender such as the B ‘n’ S ball, tractor pull, rodeo, monster garage sale weekend and the Finley Show — Finley has always been an events based community and this is another one to add to the list.
‘‘While the council has not financially supported the event this year, we hope it can grow and attract grants in the future. Council supports all events throughout our shire, particularly events which bring overnight visitors because that also benefits our local businesses.’’
Cr Hannan said Railway Park was an ideal location for the new event, because of its surroundings and proximity to the main street.
‘‘The council has invested heavily into the Railway Park to make it what it is today,’’ he said.
‘‘The Christmas Extravaganza is hosted there every year and it has proven to be a great venue.’’
Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture president Gary Carr said FinCity will enhance the chamber’s attempts to promote and grow Finley.
‘‘From a chamber point of view, it will showcase the extensive range of food we have from Finley eateries,’’ Mr Carr said.
‘‘Hopefully, it’s an event that will attract more and more visitors every year.
‘‘Chamber endeavours to encourage shopping locally and keeping our dollars in the local community; not just Finley but also other businesses in the Berrigan Shire.
‘‘This year we’ve focused on Finley, but without a doubt there will be opportunities for other shire towns. We want it to grow into a shire-wide event.
‘‘This an event for families to attend in our own community.’’