THIS weekend the Wingham Rotary Town and Country Expo will once again fill the showgrounds.
Hard-working organisers have added an extra day to the program and Rotarians are crossing their fingers that their newest attraction is a success.
The Wingham Rotary Expo Ute Muster is certainly a first for the expo. It's also very much a first for Rotary.
Dennis Robinson is the man charged with the task of organising the ute show. It wasn't a role handed to him because of any great insight into the culture and needs of ute drivers. "Nobody else put their hand up for the job," laughs Dennis who admits he knew nothing about ute musters.
But Rotarians are a resourceful bunch and with the greater good at stake Dennis and fellow members set out to talk to those in the know – young blokes with utes.
A visit to Wingham Tyres and Exhausts netted them a couple of guys who were well placed to help. What they didn't know they had mates they could call who did.
And so ideas were put forward and a program of events evolved. Seven trophy categories were decided upon that have titles like Best B&S Ute, Loudest Ute and the much coveted Best Ute in Show.
The next step was to organise trophies and find a judge. Following the formula of what you don't know then find someone that does would again prove successful.
Yogi Weller of XX Trophies in Taree was able to help on all counts. Having provided trophies in the past for similar events, Yogi was able to take charge and come up with some custom designed pieces. As he went back through the files Yogi even found the original artwork from old ute musters in Wingham and Bulahdelah.
Yogi was also chosen to fill the role of judge.
When asked why he was chosen he laughs and said he is still asking himself the same question.
But modesty aside, Yogi has a well respected long association with motoring and go-karting. Dennis said that Yogi is well suited to the role of judge and importantly he was available.
The Wingham Rotary Expo Ute Muster will raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and also local community projects.
The Ute Muster will be held at Wingham Showgrounds this Sunday, from 9.30am.
For more information call Dennis on 6550 7386.