Dads and their families flocked to the annual Father’s Day celebrations at the Pretty Pine Recreation Reserve for what was a brilliant day full of entertainment.
While the day was hindered early with windy and wet weather in the morning, the sun came out later in the afternoon to help make for a tremendous event.
Celebrating its 12th year, the annual expo and market featured plenty of activities for all ages.
Some of the highlights included the father-son cross-saw competition, Kyle Newton’s performing horses, an aerial water drop from Field Air and the dog jump.
The cross-saw competition saw Gary and Gavin Walker come away with first prize, a MS170 Stihl chainsaw donated by Deni Yamaha, while second place went to non father-son combo Matt Allitt and Andrew Brain, who went home with a tool kit donated by Repco.
An all-time record was set in the dog jump with ‘Mia’ from Swan Hill jumping seven feet and three inches (about 220cm) in what was an exciting finish to the event.
Pretty Pine Ground Committee secretary Sandy Christie said that while attendance numbers were down, it was still a fantastic day.
‘‘We did have some stalls leave early due to the weather but it was still a good day,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a day for everybody. Face painting was quite popular with the kids and everyone loved the horse display.
‘‘We were only able to have two Yaks (planes) fly over for the demonstration because some planes were stuck in Melbourne.
‘‘Kyle Newton and his horses were also very entertaining. He had the horses lay down and there was a tractor tyre that one of the horses stood up on to pose.
‘‘We’d like to thank everyone who supported us and give a special thanks to our sponsors; without them we wouldn’t be able to put on this event each year.’’
Another feature saw the ‘big boys toys’ on show, including motorbikes and vintage cars, with the Rural Fire Service fire trucks and SES vehicles also on display.
Youngsters enjoyed train rides, seeing the animals at the petting zoo, and bouncing on the jumping castle.
The region’s fresh produce was also showcased with cooking demonstrations, and there were about 30 stalls for people to browse.