Hundreds go nuts over Bauples bash

ORGANISERS of this year’s Bauple Nut Bash have already turned their attentions to next year’s event just a day after crowds converged on Bauple Recreation Grounds.

Debbie Brischke said they had planned to take a break from their bash schedule but that idea was quickly thrown out the window, as excitement for a much bigger, better bash in 2010 to celebrate the event’s fifth birthday, took hold.

And there is no wonder everyone is looking forward to the next festival after Saturday’s went off with a bang.

“It was fantastic. There was just a really good atmosphere; the community and visitors got behind it,” said Mrs Brischke yesterday.

“There was a brilliant display of fireworks.”

Just as happy with the success of the event was fellow organiser Rachel Ireland. She described it as a great family fun day with entertainment that “went down a treat”.

Ms Ireland estimated about 600 people showed up, enjoying everything from sack races, Bauple (macadamia) nut stalls, a jumping castle, an appearance by Ron Laycock with his 1942 Blitz jet truck and jet-powered motorbike and entertainment by country rock musician Neil Duddy.

For the third year running 15-year-old Bauple teenager James Cooper won the Bauple Nut World Shelling Championship, taking home $100. Coming in second winning $50 prize money was John Burge from Glenwood.

Taking out the tug-o-war was the team of five Willetts to Win, grabbing $150 for their efforts.

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