Organised Chaos: Elmore Summer Send Off

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THEY were cracking cattle whips, downing beers and cooling off in pools made of haystacks and grain tarp.

If patrons' reactions were anything to go by, Saturday's 10th Elmore Summer Send Off Ball was a roaring success.

Partygoer Jack McCann, 22, said it was the first time he'd attended the bachelor and spinster ball and the pre-party.

"Everyone's pretty friendly," he said.

"I'm making lots of friends.

"I'm looking forward to the white T-shirt competition."

Reveler Amelia Knight said she came for "the people, the atmosphere; everything".

BNS treasurer Liz Harney said profits from the ball would go to a range of local organisations, including the police scouters and sporting clubs.

She said people had driven from as far as NSW and South Australia to attend.

She said that over the years some country folk had even met their true love at the ball.

"Some of them [relationships] last," Ms Harney said.

"There are a few BNS babies now.

"It's a nice function they can come to."

Patrons arrived at 3pm to unwind in the sun and enjoy a range of activities, from horizontal bungee jumping to kicking rum cans.

At 8pm though, it was time to get suited and booted for the black tie ball, with a host of country music bands providing the entertainment.

Frank Harney, the first BNS president, described the ball as "organised chaos".

He said rural jobs were often physically demanding, and the ball was a way people could let off steam.

"They're all country kids and they're all having fun," he said.

"All profits go back to the community."

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