What a weekend it was at this year’s Nanua Gymkhana at Kimberley Station. The event went off without a hitch, and organisers were thrilled with perfect weather conditions for the Saturday competitions. People of all ages from around the desert district let their hair down on the dance floor after a full day of family events at the racecourse.
Nanua Picnic Race Club Chairman Des Kennedy took to the dance floor on Saturday night, joining the committee and community for the band Fire Bucket. They rocked the house until the last man was standing—the final hurrah of the annual event that led to a few sore heads on Sunday morning.
“After three years of the event not going ahead due to lockdowns and then floods last year, it’s great to see so many familiar faces back for this year’s gymkhana,” said Mr Kennedy.
“But it’s also good to see so many new faces, especially the families. Kids of all ages come out here and run around with other kids, joining in the events, staying off screens – it’s good old fashion fun where kids get to spend quality time camping with their family and taking part in the activities.”
With whip cracking, rolling-pin throwing, nail hammering, tug-of-waring, and a 1920’s car race, along with a heap of horse-riding events, not forgetting the famous dunny run – the weekend attracted around 300 people, many turning up on Friday in their Pink Night costumes for some Country Karaoke, with the Nanua Picnic Race Club donating funds raised over the weekend to the Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group, St Johns ambulance, Legacy, OMRU [Outback Mobile Resource Unit] Toy Library and other community charities.