Magnificent Day for the Whole Town and the District
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
It was again a perfect day weatherwise to showcase Mannum to the 8000 patrons who visited for the event on Sunday 12th June.
Mannum Progress Association would like to thank all our sponsors, and especially our major sponsor, The Truck Factory.
Andrew (Cosi) Costello from Channel 9 did a great job hosting the day for us.
84 state of the art big prime movers, tow trucks and vintage trucks, all polished up for the occasion, lined Randell Street, The value of these trucks was estimated at about $16.5 million. There was plenty of competitiveness on the day. Local transport identities in the trucking industry, Tim Male Transport showcased 2 prime movers, Brendan Male showed his vintage truck, Darrell Eades Transport entered a fleet of 8 prime movers, and Bee Jays Haulage from nearby Mt Barker showed off a fleet of 14 magnificent prime movers. Our judges had an extremely hard job to judge the categories.
We also showcased 57 utes worth $1.5 million and 15 4Wheel Drives worth $621,500 on the day. We had visitors and entrants from Queensland, Victoria, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Ceduna, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Barossa Valley, Murray Bridge, Mid North, Upper Murray towns – Berri ,Loxton & Mildura.
There was plenty of entertainment for all with the Paddle Steamer PS Marion providing one hour cruises all day, free face painting and the jumpy castle for the kids, market stalls for the mums and dads and trade stalls for the truck enthusiasts. Country music was provided by The City Cowboys and Lee Brocky and the Outback Overdrive to entertain the families visiting Mannum.
Randell Street looked a treat showing off our local shops and eating spots to the visitors. Down in Shearer Carpark, there was also plenty of food provided by local community clubs and.
Our 2 shuttle buses were a hit and many thanks to the drivers who do a great job ferrying patrons to and from the oval where they were parked due to the road closures for the day.
No event is put on without the help of many persons on the day and leading up to the day and we had many volunteers helping us for which we are eternally grateful.