Story By Neil Newitt

Those who camped overnight at this year’s Bannockburn Ute Show woke up to a cool winter morning, a clear sky and for many, a throbbing head from Friday night drinks at the Bundy Rum promotion hosted by the Bannockburn Hotel. But the show went on, and after a big brekkie to clear the head the campers were joined by more competitors who arrived at the footy ground after a parade through the streets of Bannockburn, a small Victorian town northwest of Geelong.
Held in late June, competitors traveled from as far as Finlay, NSW, and Launceston, Tas, to attend the show. A total of 104 utes rocked up, a huge increase form last year’s inaugural event and next year’s muster looks set to be even bigger. One of the organizers of this year’s event Sophie Dear, says that next year’s show will run all weekend and will move location so that it can be held in conjunction with a B&S ball.
The money raised at this year’s show went directly to the Bannockburn and District Lions Club.

This story excerpt is from Issue #55

Outback Magazine: Oct/Nov 2007