Over the past seventeen years the annual Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show has created a record as arguably the biggest community event in Murrindindi Shire.
This yearâ€™s edition, the eighteenth, will be held on the Sunday, June 8 of the Queenâ€™s Birthday Long Weekend when Grant Street and surrounding areas of the town will fill with one of the biggest and most comprehensive truck, equipment and public interest events that brings somewhere between twelve and fifteen thousand people to the town.
Truck Show Committee member Andrew Embling says that it is always important to present a number of new features and to see that existing features are expanded for each year for the Show, as a free public event for which there is no admission charge.
For instance â€œAlexandra has increasingly been selected by the major highway truck manufacturers as the place to release and show their new trucks. Â â€œI think that reflects the status of our Alexandra Show as a place to present the latest in the trucking and transport sectorsâ€.
â€œIn addition this yearâ€™s Woodchop Competition sponsored again by VicForests will have two Victorian Championship events.
All the usual Truck Ute and Rod Show events will be staged from the major displays of all types of vehicles to the traditional auction on Sunday afternoon, to the continuous live music and the traditional Alexandra Quilters display.
This year the Showâ€™s raffle offers significant prizes from Honda Australia to be shared between the first, second and third tickets drawn.
Raffle tickets are $5 or five for $20 and are available now from local traders or can be purchased on the day.
â€œThe Alexandra Truck Ute and Rod Show is supported by businesses throughout the local area and brings a major economic boost to the district through accommodation, meals and retail purchases both on the day and over the weekend.
â€œWe will also have more than a dozen local auxiliaries from football, netball, kindergarten and primary school support groups who will be selling their traditional soups, hamburgers, sausages and egg and bacon sandwiches on the day.
â€œEvery one of these groups earns a significant boost to their finances through their involvementâ€ Andrew Embling says, so this is another way that benefits flow through to the local community.
Most of Alexandraâ€™s main street traders are also open for business for what has become for many their busiest trading day of the year. Another feature event that always draws a big crowd is the annual Woodchop competition in Rotary Park which puts many of our finest axeman to the challenge with standing block, tree climbing and power sawing events that are ranked as amongst the most competitive in Australia.
The Woodchop completion also has major support from VicForests and the Central Victorian Axemanâ€™s Association and is always worth a look.
The web site at www.alexandratruckshow.com.au is regularly updated with new information or enquiries can be made to Gordon Simpson on 0409 577 212 or Andrew Embling on 0418 266 038.
Alexandraâ€™s Grant and surrounding streets will be filled to capacity again for the 18th annual Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show to be held on Sunday June 8 of the Queenâ€™s Birthday long weekend.
Visitors come from near and far to see the extensive displays of all types of equipment, historic, restored and restorable vehicles and music throughout the day.
There is also the public auction, major raffle prizes to be won and entertainment and music throughout the day.
It is an event from which the whole community benefits.