Video, photos: Border kisses 2012 goodbye

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NSW harness racing officials say Albury trots is one of the best in the state while Wodonga’s fireworks spectacular had its biggest crowd yet in New Year’s Eve events on the Border.

Harness Racing NSW registrar Denis Declauzel and commercial services manager Peter Carney made a surprise visit to Albury’s harness racing meet last night.

Mr Declauzel, who has been in harness racing for more than 50 years, was nostalgic as he stood among the 4000-strong crowd.

“It brings back memories of the days of old,” he said.

“We haven’t seen this since the days of Harold Park.”

Harold Park Paceway, in Sydney, attracted similar crowds before it was sold three years ago.

Mr Declauzel praised organisers for allowing families to bring in their own picnics and both he and Mr Carney said it was one of the best events in the state.

Geelong’s Rosemary Otto, 49, was visiting her Albury friend Jenny Mooney, 55. The pair sat with family and a picnic.

“It’s a brilliant atmosphere,” Ms Otto said.

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There were more happy people over the border in Birallee Park at the second Wodonga Family Fireworks Spectacular.

By 9pm, crowds had swelled to 3500 and people were still walking through the gate.

Families were dancing to the DJ playing ABBA, amusement rides were going non-stop and picnic rugs and chairs were crammed on the oval.

Numbers surpassed last year’s total of 2000 and Wodonga Raiders general manager Greg Dawson felt vindicated.

He was expecting the crowd to surpass 4000 by the time the fireworks started at 10pm.

“It’s do or die this year and we cut our budget right back,” Mr Dawson said.

“It’s lived up to my expectations.”

Crowd numbers were up as organisers scrapped the $10 entry fee.

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Families watch the fireworks at the Birallee Family Night. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Families watch the fireworks at the Birallee Family Night. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Bec Chammings, 20, of Jindera, with Riley Dunstall, 3, of Lavington, on the big slide at Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Bec Chammings, 20, of Jindera, with Riley Dunstall, 3, of Lavington, on the big slide at Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Rose Stratton, 11, of Tallangatta, Lucinda Boothey, of North Albury, Amy Boothey, 10, of North Albury, Chloe Stratton, 10, of Tallangatta, Jenny James, of Lavington, Jo Stratton, of Tallangatta, and Andrew Boothey, of North Albury at the Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Rose Stratton, 11, of Tallangatta, Lucinda Boothey, of North Albury, Amy Boothey, 10, of North Albury, Chloe Stratton, 10, of Tallangatta, Jenny James, of Lavington, Jo Stratton, of Tallangatta, and Andrew Boothey, of North Albury at the Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Cloudy Beach, driven by Royce Gregory-Jack, wins at Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Cloudy Beach, driven by Royce Gregory-Jack, wins at Albury trots. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Donna Beerens, of Melbourne, Edna Garland, of Thurgoona, Narelle Garland, of Baranduda, and Ayla Garland, of Kalgoorlie. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Donna Beerens, of Melbourne, Edna Garland, of Thurgoona, Narelle Garland, of Baranduda, and Ayla Garland, of Kalgoorlie. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

$19 roughie Black Doug, driven by Donna Castles, wins at Albury. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

$19 roughie Black Doug, driven by Donna Castles, wins at Albury. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

 Jenny Mooney, of Lavington, Michelle Gunston, of East Albury, Dean Connell, of East Albury, Kara Otto, 11, of Ballarat, Rosemary Otto, of Albury, Ian Otto, of Albury, and Ryan Otto, 6, of Ballarat. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Jenny Mooney, of Lavington, Michelle Gunston, of East Albury, Dean Connell, of East Albury, Kara Otto, 11, of Ballarat, Rosemary Otto, of Albury, Ian Otto, of Albury, and Ryan Otto, 6, of Ballarat. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tyla Hilton, 2, of North Albury, Sophie Kirk, 1, of Norris Park, and Dion Kirk, 3, of Norris Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tyla Hilton, 2, of North Albury, Sophie Kirk, 1, of Norris Park, and Dion Kirk, 3, of Norris Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tilly Mitchener, 4, of Albury, loved dancing to the music by Steve Bowen at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tilly Mitchener, 4, of Albury, loved dancing to the music by Steve Bowen at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Rebecca Pullen, Haleya Pullen, 1 year old, Sue Hutchins, Inara Pullen, 5, eyars, and Anton Pullen, 3 years, all of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Rebecca Pullen, Haleya Pullen, 1 year old, Sue Hutchins, Inara Pullen, 5, eyars, and Anton Pullen, 3 years, all of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Hayley Mumberson, 10, of Wandong, playing cards with her family at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Hayley Mumberson, 10, of Wandong, playing cards with her family at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Peter Peers, 4, of Wodonga, and Zakk Hiskins, 5, of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Peter Peers, 4, of Wodonga, and Zakk Hiskins, 5, of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Liam Hughes, 11, of Frankston, and Sean McDonald, 4, of Woomargama. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Liam Hughes, 11, of Frankston, and Sean McDonald, 4, of Woomargama. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Nickolah Sibraa, 4, of Wodonga, far right, with L-R (in background): Ben Back, 4, Harry Back, 7, Will Back, 5, and Bella Sibraa, 7, all of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Nickolah Sibraa, 4, of Wodonga, far right, with L-R (in background): Ben Back, 4, Harry Back, 7, Will Back, 5, and Bella Sibraa, 7, all of Wodonga. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Youngsters enjoyed the amusement rides at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Youngsters enjoyed the amusement rides at Birallee Park. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Di Chaplin, Amanda Orchard and Kate Tyquin at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Di Chaplin, Amanda Orchard and Kate Tyquin at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Kerrod Spokes, of Darwin, Brett Wilson, of Holbrook, and Nick Pugh, of Wollongong, cool down in their inflatable pool at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Kerrod Spokes, of Darwin, Brett Wilson, of Holbrook, and Nick Pugh, of Wollongong, cool down in their inflatable pool at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Kerrod Spokes, of Darwin, Brett Wilson, of Holbrook, and Nick Pugh, of Wollongong, cool down in their inflatable pool at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Kerrod Spokes, of Darwin, Brett Wilson, of Holbrook, and Nick Pugh, of Wollongong, cool down in their inflatable pool at the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Joe Briggs, of Morundah Heights, Roly Paterson, of Stockinbingal, and Hamish McGeoch, of Katherine. Joe and Hamish painted the Twister board game onto the back of Joe's ute, in the hope that some girls would come and play! At the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Joe Briggs, of Morundah Heights, Roly Paterson, of Stockinbingal, and Hamish McGeoch, of Katherine. Joe and Hamish painted the Twister board game onto the back of Joe's ute, in the hope that some girls would come and play! At the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Joe Briggs, of Morundah Heights, Roly Paterson, of Stockinbingal, and Hamish McGeoch, of Katherine. Joe and Hamish painted the Twister board game onto the back of Joe's ute, in the hope that some girls would come and play! At the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Joe Briggs, of Morundah Heights, Roly Paterson, of Stockinbingal, and Hamish McGeoch, of Katherine. Joe and Hamish painted the Twister board game onto the back of Joe's ute, in the hope that some girls would come and play! At the Holbrook B&S. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tim Nicholls, of Thurgoona, and Debbie Redman, of Talgarno, brought in the new year a little early with a kiss at the Birallee Family Fun Night. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Tim Nicholls, of Thurgoona, and Debbie Redman, of Talgarno, brought in the new year a little early with a kiss at the Birallee Family Fun Night. PICTURE: Tara Goonan.

Wodonga grandmother Sue Hutchins was dancing to the DJ with her family. 

She said the event being free made a difference.

“The music’s great, you bring your own food, it’s not unattended and it’s safe,” she said.