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Rupanyup ready to celebrate 150th

MANY months of planning will culminate in a huge weekend to celebrate 150 years of Rupanyup this weekend.

Rupanyup 150 committee President Russell Dunlop said preparations are coming together well.

“We set up the oval today (Wednesday) for the Farmers Market and it’s looking pretty good.

“Bec has done a great job of organising it. We have 320 tickets sold for the Barley Banquet which is very encouraging,” Mr Dunlop said.

The committee has organised a number of celebrations across the weekend with the aim to provide places and events for residents, visitors and returning residents to get together and have a good time.

“We didn’t want to fill the weekend with too much and have tried to provide places for people to meet,” he said.

Rupanyup 150 is packed full of activities starting Friday afternoon with an official opening starting at 5.30pm.

The opening will include the unveiling of the 150th plaque, launch of new chainsaw art in Cromie street and a civic reception at the Rupanyup Memorial Hall.

Attendees will have the opportunity to stick around for the evening and enjoy a film night at the hall showcasing “The Farmer’s Cinematheque”.

Saturday will see the inaugural Rupanyup Farmer’s Market shaping up to be a big one with over 50 stall holders signing up to share their wares.

The 130th Rupanyup Show will be back again which will be a great treat for the young and old alike.

There will be pavilion displays, agricultural displays and children’s activities at the Rupanyup Recreation Reserve.

Also at the reserve on the day will be a catch up for returning residents and visitors with a barbecue dinner provided by Rupanyup/ Minyip Cricket Club, food vans and live entertainment.

“Saturday is looking terrific. There’s entertainment all day. We are expecting it to run into the night,” Mr Dunlop said.

“We are expecting a lot of the young ones to hang around afterwards, while some of the older generation will probably head to the Gala.”

The Gala concert on Saturday night at the Rupanyup Memorial Hall will celebrate the centenary of the hall and an informative journey of the last 100 years will showcase its history.

“There a lot of excitement around John Bell and Tony O’Day as MC’s for the Gala,” Mr Dunlop said.

RSL State President Dr Rob Webster will give a brief presentation and visitors will be taken through an informative journey of the last 100 years of the hall.

Sunday, the weekend continues with an Ecumenical Church Service at St Philips Anglican Church celebrating the faith of the first settlers of Rupanyup.

Mr Dunlop and former Rupanyup resident and retired chaplain John West will lead the service.

At 11am a walking tour of the cemetery will share some history on about 10 graves of significance to the town.

In the afternoon, there will be a reunion of district schools and a tour of the Rupanyup Primary School.

Sunday will end on a high with the Sunset Banquet, much like the Barley Banquet, will include a meal and live entertainment held in a nearby paddock.

Mr Dunlop congratulated the historical society on their efforts gathering historical information for events across the weekend.

“Helen Uhe and the historical Society has done a great  job gathering history of the town. They’re only a small group but they’ve done a great job,” he said.

A relaxed lunch has been organised for Monday at the Rupanyup Memorial Park to give visitors and residents another opportunity to get together.

Registrations for the event will be taken throughout the weekend at the Rupanyup Memorial Hall supper room.

“The weather is shaping up to be quite good this weekend which is positive and we are looking forward to kicking off the weekend,” Mr Dunlop said.