Bowning Country Fair to help Yass Valley Can Assist

STRONG SUPPORT: Members of Margaret's Memory Lane at the 2016 Country Fair, which raised about $7000. Photo: Toby Vue
STRONG SUPPORT: Members of Margaret's Memory Lane at the 2016 Country Fair, which raised about $7000. Photo: Toby Vue

The annual Bowning Country Fair at Rollonin Cafe is set for another big edition this Sunday, November 19.

The event, by the cafe in conjunction with Yass Valley Can Assist, will run from 8.30am to 4pm and serves as a fundraiser where all proceeds from the day will go helping those affected by cancer in Yass Valley.

There will be market stalls, live entertainment, gold-trail bushrangers re-enactment, archery, wool spinning, the Batmobile, antique farm–machinery displays, baby farm animals, sheep shearing and plenty more.

Organisers have described it as “fun for the whole family”.

Country singers, loads of entertainment, market stalls, antique farm machinery display, baby animal farm, sheep shearing, wool spinning are just some of the fun things that will be happening on the day.

In 2016, the event raised about $7000. 

Geoff Frost, Yass Valley councillor and president of Yass Valley Can Assist, said everyone involved looked froward to the 2017 event.

“We’ve got a record number of stalls, which is really good,” Mr Frost said.

“Bowning has always been a very good fundraiser for us between. It’s not just residents in the village who attend but also those from the whole of the valley.

“We’ll do as best as we can on the day to raise as much funds,” he said. 

The Old Bowning Village, which was set up at the Bowning Hill Walk, will also feature.

“Bushrangers will be around as well – that’d be the last time they will be for a while,” Mr Frost said.

In 2016, Can Assist CEO Janice Scelzo paid a surprise visit to the event, driving from Ultimo.

This year, Mr Frost said she was likely to attend again.

Binalong poet Robyn Sykes will also perform at 1pm.

”Looking forward to the Bowning Country Fair on Sunday. I'm on between the two bushranger re-enactments,” Ms Sykes said.

“I'll be doing mostly traditional poetry, to get the mood of the day, with maybe an original or two to link with the present,” she said.

“Yass CanAssist will be on hand for a chat. I'm delighted to support such a good cause. Hope to see you there.”

Entry cost is a gold-coin donation. Renata Ryan at Rollonin Cafe said the 2017 event will be bigger than ever. 

“A lot of people have put a lot of effort into it,” Ms Ryan said.

She said the highlights for her are the re-enactment, Roby Sykes, Margaret’s Memory Lane from Harden, and the Batmobile

”There’ll also be about 30 stalls – from plants to arts and crafts,” she said. For more, please call Renata Ryan on 02 6227 6507.