Swap meet back again

August 09, 2017

Gathered with a 1924 Bentley are Rotarians, James Cornish, Geoff Pullar, Neil Kerr and Adrian Bennett.

It’s that time of year again, with the 11th Cobram Swap Meet and Shannons All Wheels Show at Cobram Showgrounds getting revved up and ready to go.

Organiser Rotarian Adrian Bennett said an extra busy day was expected, as the event had become very popular over the past decade.

‘‘So far we’ve got around 320 sites booked and we can fit around 370 into the showgrounds,’’ Mr Bennett said.

‘‘We have four coming from Adelaide, Gippsland, Geelong, up in NSW, quite a few from Wagga, Temora, Griffith, Mildura — all over the place — as well as Shepparton and Wangaratta; collectors come from far afield too.

‘‘The swap meet will offer car parts, collectables, mainly car-related but there’s also jewellery and second-hand books, even painted saws — everybody will find something of interest.’’

Bargaining is part of the excitement of this event and a buyer may have something they can swap for the item offered.

‘‘It’s a buy, swap and sell,’’ Mr Bennett said.

‘‘If you want it cheap and they want it full price, you have to communicate,’’ he said.

‘‘Quite a few organisations will benefit from being involved on the day, so it’s a terrific community fundraising day.

‘‘And for Rotary it’s usually our major fundraiser for the year, though this year we have the house as well (the project to benefit Ottrey Homes)’’.

There will be plenty of food on offer, with a barbecue, coffee and the famous, big Rotary burger to feed hungry patrons.

Cutest Little Monster started off busking at the swap meet many years ago and are now the music makers. The popular Wangaratta folk and rockabilly band will play from about 9am to 1pm.

Mr Bennett said thousands of visitors would come to the swap meet.

‘‘We had 3000 people through the gates for the last three years,’’ he said.

●The Cobram Swap Meet and Shannons All Wheels Show will be held at Cobram Showgrounds on Sunday, August 13 from 7am.

●Swap meet patrons are advised to park outside the showgrounds on Sunday. The showground’s gates will be locked on Saturday at 4pm and will reopen on Sunday at 4pm once the meet has finished.

- Grahame Whyte

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