Fun and games, plus one last ferry ride

PICTURE the scene — Lake Hume at 50 per cent lapping at the shoreline, submerged trees pointing skyward, and a gumboot has just been tossed along the horizon line as the serene silence is shattered by laughter.

Yes, the ever-popular Wymah Family Fun Day is back tomorrow, bringing back the best of good, old-fashioned country fun.

Starting with its third fun run that attracted about 90 entries last year, there will be cow pat lotto, dog jumps, sheep races and games for kids.

“It’s not the only thing that happens around here but it would be the event of the year,” committee president Mark Lowry said.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole community to get together and outside interest is great.

“Funds raised help us to develop what we’ve got here at the reserve.

“There are three or families who have been part of the community for 100 years but the rest of community is evolving — there are a few new members with young children and that fits really well with what we’re doing here.”

The event raising almost $3000 last year.

It’s also the last chance for people to be a part of some local history.

“It’s such a scenic place,” Mr Lowry said.

“And this year is also the last opportunity for people who want to come across on the old ferry.

“It will be pulled out at the end of this month and replaced with a new one.”

The fun day started life nearly 30 years ago as a gymkhana, before reinventing itself.

Proving to be a popular day for families, the Wymah Recreation Reserve has continued to grow.

The latest project is a tennis court.

Work has already started with funds coming from the NSW government and events like the fun day, as well as donations of time and skills by locals.

“People really have a sense of district and community here and I think that’s important,” Mr Lowry said.

“And the fun days have always been a good fund-raiser as much as a fun thing for the district.”

The Wymah Family Fun Day starts with a fun run over the Wymah Gap, registration at 8.30am, entry $10 adults, $5 children under-16.

Fun day admission is $3 for adults and 50 cents for children under 16.

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