THERE were close shaves, picnics by the pool and a pizza party at the weekend as Wagga celebrated Australia Day in its own unique fashion.
While at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club sporting and media personality Allan Hull said goodbye to his moustache to raise more than $1000 for the children’s ward at Wagga Base Hospital.
“It was a wonderful gesture from Allan and was matched by the strong support of racegoers,” MTC chief executive Scott Sanbrook said.
Others chose to celebrate the day in a traditional fashion, albeit with pizza instead of barbecue.
“Australia Day is about celebrating everything Aussie and we’re having a pool party with mates and there will also be a game of backyard cricket,” said Kahla Hilton, who was the winning entrant in the Eagle Boys pizza prize draw.
At the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre on Friday night, more than 200 kids and their families cooled down with a picnic and barbecue.
And festivities continued in Hay where the inaugural Hay B&S ball held last June took the prize for Australia Day event of the year in the shire.
“We were really happy to get the award because it vindicated us in a way, after taking such a big leap to bring the ball back,” organiser Chris Huntly said.
“Little kids loved watching the utes drive down the street – one was so excited, he thought they were Transformers.”