Planning is well advanced for the 16th Annual Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show arguably the biggest annual community event in Murrindindi Shire.
This year’s edition will be held on the Sunday, 10 June of the Queen’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 a number of new features are to be launched or existing features expanded for this year’s Show, for which there is no admission charge.
For instance “Alexandra has been selected by Scania the major international truck company to show their new 730 horsepower R730 truck which is the most powerful truck available anywhere in the world for use on public roads.
“Powered by a 730hp V-8 engine of 16 litres capacity it has awesome pulling power, yet is surprisingly economic on fuel consumption.
“I am sure visitors to this year’s Show will give it a good look over.
“In addition this year’s Woodchop Competition sponsored again by VicForests will have two Victorian Championship events.
“These are the 2.75 metre Tree Climb and Chop event and a 300 mm Standing Block competition where’s the finest, fittest and fastest axemen from locally and interstate will fight out the finals” Andrew says.
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 Quilters display.
This year strong local sponsorship has made a raffle available with $1,500 in prizes to be shared between the first, second and third tickets drawn.
Raffle tickets are $5 and are available now from local traders or can be purchased on the day.
“The 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.
“We will also have more than a dozen local auxiliaries from football, netball, kindergarten and primary school support groups who will be selling their traditional hamburgers, sausages and egg and bacon sandwiches on the day.
“Every one of these groups earns a significant boost to their finances through their involvement” Andrew Embling says, so this is another way that benefits flow through to the local community.
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.