Pinnaroo Campout

26-27 April 2014

The Pinnaroo (Conrod) Campout was on again on ANZAC weekend. Most of the Auto Collectors Club members arrived on Friday night and went to the Hotel for tea.

On Saturday morning, we walked along the street to the Op Shop and intended to have a cuppa at the Bakery. However, it didn’t happen as the Bakery was closed, so we returned to the Caravan Park and had a cuppa there.

At 1-00 pm the four Clubs met outside the football grounds. From there, we headed to Tom Quince’s place to look at his Holdens (from a 215 through to an HD plus memorabilia).  Following this  we made our way to the Hospital to view the new garden, wheelchair access ramp, mural and memorial for new-born babies. The official opening for the new additions was to be held on the following Friday.

After this, it was on to the Pinnaroo Museum for afternoon tea, which was put on by the Riverland Club and which was a very good spread. We combined this with looking through the Museum, which has a lot of stationary engines, tractors, printing presses and much more from yesteryear’s history.

That night we enjoyed a BBQ at the Showground shed, along with a fire and Gummy Bill playing again and Bruce Yard joined in playing his piano accordian. About 70 people in all attended the evening’s entertainment.

Sunday morning saw us all into the games, to see who was taking the Conrod trophy home. this year, the games were organised by the Riverland Club and were named “The Power Olympics”. We had seven games altogether : Spark Plug Throw, Pigs in the Wheel, Throwing 50 cent pieces into a hubcap, Hitting Golf Balls through a Tunnel and into a Container, Hitting Table Tennis Balls Through a Tyre, a Car Race and a Relay Race. We also had to guess how many lollies there were in a jar (winner was Monica Jenkins) and complete the sayings (winners were Roy and Elaine Bretag). The “Oldest and Best Competitor” for the weekend was won by Graham Dohse. We would like to thank Chris Matthews for all her hard work in organising all the “Power Olympic Games”.

The winner of Conrod Trophy for 2014 was Riverland 1st, Murray Bridge 2nd and Bordertown  and Murray Mallee equal 3rd.

It was a great weekend and the weather was perfect for us.

(Report written by Marlene Hagger)


  Roy Bretag handing the trophy to this year’s winners , the Riverland Club