Eureka 116, 1970

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More than 3000 people attended the Eureka Progress Association’s annual Australia Day carnival at the stockade yesterday. Patrons were treated to a variety of entertainments, ranging from a monster yabbie contest to non-stop Highland dancing competitions. Feature attractions this year were wood chopping, and tent pegging by Police Mounted Troopers. Mr Allan Mills, association president said the new attractions probably accounted for the increase in attendances. Gate- takings, amounting to $360 will be used for association funds, but proceeds from an authorised raffle will go to the Eureka swimming pool fund. This raffle is expected to raise about $500. In the 12 sections of the baby contests, more than 500 entries were received. The champion baby was Deanne Gent, 7½ months, daughter of Mr and Mrs D Gent, Eura Vale, Dunnstown. Steven, 2½ years, was the champion child under four years. He is the son of Mr and Mrs P. Phelan, York st., Ballarat.


Fourteen year old Ilme Kukainis was chosen as Miss Eureka, Kerry Pimlott was second from 13 other girls. Twenty-two entries were received for the under – 8 section which was won by Wendy Lyons with Kaylene Chevalier second. The most popular section was the intermediated section with 35 entries. The winner was Jennifer Lamb with Claire Draper second. One of the highlights of the day was the yabbie contest. At 5.30p.m, about 40 small boys presented their takings for judging. Hundreds of yabbies, ranging from 1-4 inch to 9 inch in length were presented after hours of fishing. Some of the boys were at the pool early in the morning and stopped fishing just before judging. Peter Schuijers bagged 160 to win a prize. The smallest 1-4 in. long was handed in by Colin Halson and the biggest at 9 in., was handed in by Braith Ramage.



Underhand cut: Heat 1, J. Lever; R. Crooke, 2 F. Barnes, 3. Heat 2, F. Robson, 1; E. Giri. 1; L. Impey, 3. Final, J. Lever, 1; E. Giri, 2; F. Robson, 3. Standing Block: Heat 1, F. Barnes, 1; R. Lever, 2; R. Crooks, 3. Heat 2, F. Robson, 1; B. Pearce, 2; G. Giri, 3. Final, F. Robson, 1; F. Barnes, 2; R. Crooks, 3. Butchers Block (two cutters per log): J. Lever-F. Robson 1; E. Giri-I. Jenkins, 2; L. Impey-R. Crooks, 3. BABY CONTEST

Happiest baby: D. Platt, 1; B. Parke, 2; M. Bett, 3. Champion baby, D. Gent, 1; R. Dodd, 2; W. Anthony, 3. Fattest baby, W. Anthony, 1; J. Bendey, 2; R. Bux, 3. Longest eyelashes, J. Mitchell, 1; J. Fisher, 2; B. Heffernan, 3. Champion child, S. Phelan 1; A. Gent, 2; M. Baron, 3. Happiest child, S. Shaw,1; D. Whatmore, 2; N. Tucker, 3. Prettiest child, A. Smith, 1; J. Faulkner, 2; M. Hanrahan, 3. Curliest hair, D. Whatmore,1; L. Ray, 2; D. Brereton, 3. Ideal girl, L.Taylor, 1; M. Stares, 2; L. Armstrong, 3. Ideal boy, P. Eyars, 1; D. Parker, 2; C. McDonald, 3. Most like mother: D. Skewes, 1; T. Bott, 2; J. Bridges, 3. Largest eyes, L. Ward, 1; M. Jones, 2; J. Barkly, 3.