Oldest carnival is as good as new

THE Rheola community has celebrated Easter with its 140th annual charity carnival.With sheepdog trials, a tractor pull, novelty events and classic car and ute displays, the carnival was as popular as ever.Long-time committee member and on-course announcer John Mason said numbers were similar to last year.He said the event was used to raise funds for two local hospitals.The committee hoped to raise more than $20,000 for the Inglewood and Dunolly hospitals.“It was started 140 years ago to raise money for them and it has remained the same since then.“It goes toward the general running of the two hospitals.“Numbers this year are about the same as last year. We raised about $22,000 then.”Mr Mason said the carnival was the longest-running mixed games event in Victoria.With a wide variety of activities, he said there was something for everyone.“The woodchop always draws a large crowd,” he said.“We have novelty events through the day for the kids as well with face painting, foot races and games.”The Inglewood and Dunolly hospitals also used the carnival to celebrate the work of two community members.Gary McLelland was made a life governor of the Dunolly Hospital and Catherine Brennan’s hard work saw her become a life governor of the Inglewood Hospital.

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