The region’s trucks took a detour from their usual routes at the weekend to converge of Deniliquin’s Memorial Park for the third annual Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo.
On what was a massive weekend for the region, numbers were down slightly on last year.
But organising committee president Leesa Muir said there is a clear indication the event will continue to grow in size and popularity into the future.
‘‘There were football and netball grand finals at Blighty and it was the local government election weekend, so there were fewer people than last year,’’ Ms Muir said.
‘‘We ended up with about 55 trucks registered in the show ‘n’ shine.
‘‘We also had reports of some transport operators and truck owners who had decided earlier in the week not to attend due to the weather predictions, but on the day the sun was out and the conditions were close to perfect.
‘‘All in all we were pretty happy with the event itself, and we know that it will continue to grow.
‘‘As a result of the weekend we have had new businesses register to sponsor, and our existing sponsors and trade site holders are all very keen to come back on board and support us.
‘‘The feedback we’re receiving from the industry and other patrons is that the Deniliquin event ‘has legs’ and will expand.’’
Ms Muir said while Saturday’s truck show numbers were down, the other weekend events attracted amazing numbers.
‘‘We had a record number of people at the Wall of Fame dinner at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Friday night,’’ she said.
‘‘We are also really happy with the turnout at the memorial service on Sunday morning. It was a new part of the weekend held at the transport industry memorial in north Deniliquin, where we’ve dedicated the reverse side of the Wall of Fame monument to honour those important to the industry who have passed.
‘‘We had 16 dedication plaques added this year, and will continue to add more each year.’’
Dedications were for Allan ‘Muscles’ Gray, J.Murphy & Sons’ James Murphy, Fred Murphy and Norman Murphy, Kevin ‘Stumpy’ Petersen, William ‘Bill’ Read, William ‘Cheeks/Bill’ Hall, Lance Seymour Snr, Trevor ‘Grumpy’ Palmer, Kenneth John Rose, Ludvik Lumbar, Steven Greaves, ‘Lady John’ from Hay, Wayne Scott, Herbert Gladstone Grimison, Kenneth James Grimison, Mark Thomas Hetherington and Clyde ‘Ted’ Jennings.
‘‘I’d like to thank the families who attended the service, as well as the committee members and their families who helped put together the entire weekend,’’ Ms Muir said.
‘‘I particularly want to thank Deniliquin Party Hire who supplied children’s entertainment when our sideshows could not make it due to a car crash.
‘‘We must also thanks all our sponsors, our trade sites, the Deniliquin RSL Club for hosting Friday’s dinner and the Deniliquin Golf Club for hosting the after party on Saturday.
‘‘The Deniliquin Rovers, Deniliquin Girl Guides and Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society ran the catering and bar, and Deniliquin Rotary helped on the gate.
‘‘I also want to thank Wayne Hall Security, as well as Edward River Council for ensuring Memorial Park looked so good.’’
The Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo is held the second Saturday of September each year. Keep an eye on the website — www.denitruckshow.com.au — for details and nomination forms for next year.