Walla Walla shining like no-other ahead of town’s biggest annual event

SHINING BRIGHT: Announcer Dave Williams with organisers Dave Graham and Daniel Nadebaum and Walla residents, all showing off wheels. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
SHINING BRIGHT: Announcer Dave Williams with organisers Dave Graham and Daniel Nadebaum and Walla residents, all showing off wheels. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Walla Walla’s population will expand wildly this long weekend as more than 2000 people, and an impressive 300 cars attend the annual Swap Meet and Show and Shine. 

Organisers Dave Graham and Daniel Nadebaum said the event, hosted by the Rand Walbundrie Walla Giants Football Netball Club and the Walla Walla Motoring Club, was fantastic for the town.

It brings a lot of people in that haven’t been to Walla before.

Walla Walla Swap Meet and Show and Shine organiser Dave Graham

“It’s a great event for the town, it brings a lot of people in that haven’t been to Walla before and the more we use the clubs and local facilities the better,” Mr Graham said. 

“It’s the biggest event in Walla by far.”

Children under-16 can enter free, with general entry $5, hot food and a licensed bar available. 

“It’s a great day for children too with a clown, face-painting, jumping castle,” Mr Nadebaum said. “There’s something for everyone. It’s a great day.”

It’s the fourth year the event has run at the Walla Sportsground, with this Queen’s Birthday weekend Monday event boasting new station engine and tractors, as well as new trophies for the show and shine.

Gates open to the general public at 7am. The Show and Shine is open to any vehicle of interest including trucks and bikes.