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Euroa sparkles in big show

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October 03, 2017

Shepparton region Auto Club member Grant Jones in his 1967 Ford Fairlane convertible.

Kilmore's Keith Crawford with his 1954 FJ Holden.

North Eastern Car Club member John Casey with his 1972 HZ Kingswood SL, which has been taken back to its original use as a police car.

Fred Gattuso, Joe Ventre, Mich Morris, Tony Ventre admiring one of the many cars on display at the event.

Sparkling ride: Shepparton Region Auto Club member Stephen Pinnuck with his 1974 Torana LH SLR 5000.

Katandra West's Andrew Kennett with his 1977 Ford LTD.

Close to 10000 people visited Euroa for the annual Australian National Show and Shine at the weekend.

‘‘The crowd would’ve exceeded last year ... more than 8000 ... closer to the 10000 mark,’’ event media manager Ray Read said.

More than 1000 cars, motorcycles, trikes and engines of all varieties and vintages filled Seven Creek Park and four streets in the Euroa central business district.

‘‘It started off in the year 2000 and at that stage we would’ve had around 150 cars, it has grown significantly since then,’’ Mr Read said.

‘‘We virtually take over the whole town for the day ... (Euroa) gets a marvellous influx of people ... all the accommodation is booked out and it overflows into the districts ... everyone benefits.’’

The family friendly day saw children enjoy train rides, jumping castles, face painting and petting zoos while the parents enjoyed a wide variety of food and market stalls.

‘‘Most of the shops (on the main street) were open as well and going on early comments, the shopkeepers were very happy with the results they had,’’ Mr Read said.

The top award — Shannons Best in Show — went to Andrew Barrows for his grey and black striped 1971 Valiant Charger.

‘‘It was another super day and we’re hoping to go bigger and better again next year,’’ Mr Read said.

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