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The Mantung Railway Centenary saw people from across the country take part in the celebrations, with over 300 present and
former locals taking part in the event.
by Stephanie Gropler
Over 300 people flocked to the
Mallee on Saturday to celebrate
the Mantung Railway Centenary,
incorporating Mercunda and
The event saw family, old friends and
past neighbours reunite for the celebrations,
which were held at the Mantung Hall.
Mantung Hall Committee secretary Suzi
Evans said the event was “just unreal”.
“We were just very, very blessed and the
weather was great,” she said. “It was bril-
liant. We couldn’t have asked for better.”
The celebrations saw the opening of the
Mantung history walk and centenary towns
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky,
along with Karoonda East Murray Mayor
Kevin Burdett spoke about their memo-
ries of Mantung and surrounding areas on
Saturday, while media personality Peter
Goers also attended the event.
“Peter Goers was just fantastic, he was
great,” Mrs Evans said.
“I think Peter got a bit of a culture shock.
It just wasn’t what he was expecting.
“I think he thought he was going to a bit
more of a established town, but he was just
People from New South Wales and
Victoria took part in the celebrations, with
many bringing their caravans and staying in
the region over the weekend.
Mrs Evans said seeing the celebrations
unfold were “a bit surreal”.
“On Friday night, all the lights were on in
the houses in Mantung and there were cara-
vans parked out on the old recreation area
with barbecues going,” she said.
“I think it had been many years since
Mantung had had that sort of population in
it for a weekend. It was wonderful to see all
these different ages and all walking up and
down the street.”
Mrs Evans said the memorabilia room
was “very popular”, with a range of photo-
graphs, historical items and sporting shields
“People brought photos and it was really
just lovely,” she added.
by Emma Walter
Loxton Show organisers have been
“blown away” – not by Monday’s windy
weather, but by community support.
Around 7000 people passed through the show-
ground gates over the two-day event, a crowd on
par with 2013.
Loxton A&H Society president said the show’s
continued success was a credit to the community
attendees, exhibitors and volunteers.
“We couldn’t continue to do it year after year
without you – the community,” he said.
“Our band of over 200 volunteers, the locals
who come along on show days and the many
people who submit their entries every time.
“The support we get from Loxton – and the
Riverland – is incredible. That’s what our com-
munity is – we support each other.”
Warm spring weather contributed to healthy
gatetakings on Sunday, while Monday’s windy
weather failed to deter crowds, with crowd num-
bers “slightly down, but not by much”.
“I think we were very lucky that we didn’t
get the (extreme) weather which was forecast.
Strathalbyn had their show on Monday as well
and they had 110km/h winds go through.
“The only thing that had to close down early
yesterday was the jumping castle and they have
very strict guidelines.
“The strongest winds (for Loxton) were
recorded at around three minutes past 5pm, by
which time everyone had collected their exhibits
from the show hall and were leaving anyway.
“We were very lucky indeed.”
Among the highlights of this year’s show
was the SA Yard Dog Association State Trials,
Destiny Farm and the Nippy’s Young Farmer
Challenge, which drew “a crowd and a laugh”.
The trade sites and exhibition sections were
well supported, with numbers on par with the
Media personality Peter Goers was a
special guest at the celebrations on
Saturday. He is pictured with Mantung
Hall Committee secretary Suzi Evans.
Karoonda East Murray Mayor Kevin
Burdett spoke at the celebrations.
Jenny McConnell was one of the many people who had a look at the memorabilia on
display as part of the Mantung Railway Centenary celebrations.
Organisers are confident that the
Friday/Saturday format change for the
Riverland Field Days will have no impact
on future Loxton Shows.
This year, the Field Days were held in late-
September, just two weeks before the Loxton
Show. However, Loxton A&H Society president
Barry Mangelsdorf said the two were “very
Mr Mangelsdorf said instead of viewing the
Field Days as a threat, the society were keen to
work with event organisers.
“I hope in some ways we can complement each
other and some of those people who come to the
Field Days can also come to the show,” he said.
“We support what (Field Days organisers) are
doing and attend and we hope they do the same.
We’re all for this region.”
Field Days change no threat
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