30th ACCSA 2019 State Rally Report
The 30th State Rally was held at the Riverland Field Days site, Barmera.
This is the site that has been chosen by the National Rally Committee for the 2022 National Rally where up to 600 vans are expected from all over Australia.
61 Vans attended from 7 ACCSA affiliated clubs and tested the facilities of the 12.5 grassed hectare site which looked like an oasis compared with the dry, parched, arid country surrounding it.
Most of the vans had arrived early on Wednesday the 6th March and settled in to their various groups surrounding the recently completed Auditorium Pavilion which proved to be a haven with its modern kitchen, ablutions, electronics and especially a good air conditioning system as the weather hovered around the 30 plus degree mark for the entire rally.
On Thursday most other vans arrived and settled in. It was decided to bring forward the registrations as the majority of our people had arrived. Welcome bags were handed out by Frank, our Treasurer, which included local information pamphlets and also 2 novel plastic anti spill wine glasses and also 2 biros.
Happy Hour was well attended followed by a Communal BYO Tea and then a film night.
On Friday we had the Flag Raising Ceremony and the official Rally Opening by the Mayor, Peter Hunt, of the Berri Barmera Council and other dignitaries, Caroline Phillips General Manager of Destination Riverland and also Tim Grieger, Executive Manager of the Field Days Inc.
This was followed by a presentation/refresher by St. John Ambulance on the use of a Defibrillator Machine.
After afternoon tea there was an interesting presentation by the RAA regarding the laws on caravan and car weights.
People did their own thing for the evening meal and followed by a Karaoke Night hosted by Alan Savill and Tony Harding of the Carefree Caravan Club. I am sad to say, that we did not discover a suitable contestant to represent us on the Voice Australia but we had fun trying.
On Saturday, the Clubs held their Market Day Stalls in the shady gazebo adjacent the Auditorium. There was a good selection of goodies. The Barossa Club had a novel way of clearing their stock by holding a $5 raffle and kept drawing tickets until their table was depleted.
After morning tea, there was an interesting lecture from Kevin Collins from The Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia. Most of us didn’t realize just how big they were and that they also had many caravans in their organization.
The Disc Bowl Competition was held after lunch. I was overwhelmed by the number of teams and as a result had to run 3 courts. Once again, I apologize for having left 2 teams off the list. If someone else would like a go of running the Disc Bowl Competition next time, feel free to contact me. The Grand final was won by Murray & Geraldine Eitzen of the Southern Cross Caravan Club.
We ran out of time for the Kuub Demonstration but as I remember it, you throw a lump of wood at wooden pegs to knock them over.
The wine tasting afternoon by Berri Wineries was a huge success. Many bottles were purchased and we thank them for donating wines for the bingo session.
Happy Hour followed the wine tasting which made Happy Hour even more Happier.
The evening meal was catered by Ed & Judy’s Bush Cooking. The menu consisted of roast beef, chicken, selection of hot vegies and followed by warm fruit salad and ice cream.
This was followed by the entertainment by Alan Savill and Tony Harding who call themselves ‘Dual Tone.” They were good singers and put on a good show. Many people got up and danced and everyone who attended appeared to have a good time.
Sunday morning we had author Wendy Atschwager give a presentation. The 30 people who attended thoroughly enjoyed it and were very impressed with the way she kept diaries of her caravan travels and then wrote several novels using fictional characters from those diaries. Those novels are well sought after and she will be producing another one very soon. Some of our people bought her novels on the day.
After the presentation, time was allocated for Club Committee Meetings.
ACCSA then catered for a Sausage Sizzle Lunch via the Barossa Caravan Club whose members did a great job. The coleslaw & onion on bread made a tasty and interesting addition to the sausages. The wedges of water melon were also well received. There was plenty of food to go around for seconds
Next followed the Bingo Session which was hosted by Christine Worden and members of the Southern Cross Caravan Club. There were many happy winners, some were happier than others with multiple wins. The bottles of wines donated by Berri Wines, also made good prizes.
A 2022 National Rally Information Session followed afternoon tea by President Graham Brown and Chairman John Anderson. They reported on the current status of the Planning Committee regarding that Rally and also the plans of our presentation at the 2019 Albany Rally in October.
They emphasized that as we approach the 2022 National Rally dates, we will require more help from our ACCSA Clubs and members.
Once again, the evening meal was a BYO in the Camp Kitchen or many chose to have it in their own vans.
The evening film was well attended and enjoyed.
Monday (Adelaide Cup Day), the club Presidents and Secretaries meeting was held that morning. Those meetings are always well received. Not only do our people meet each other but ideas are exchanged.
After morning tea, we had the Raffle Draw. There were many prizes. Thanks to our attending Clubs, our sponsors from EBS & Kui Parks and also donated battery operated lights courtesy of the CMCA.
There were many happy winners, especially young William, who I believe won the basket of goodies he had had his eye on.
Then followed the Rally Close and Flag Lowering.
Some of our people departed for home but many stayed another night.
Three Clubs attended the Barmera Hotel for a meal that night and helped the local economy even more.
I wish to thank the following people and Clubs for their efforts in making the 2019 State Rally a success.
President Graham BROWN and the ACCSA Executives.
Chairman John ANDERSON and the 2022 National Rally Committee.
Tim Grieger and staff of the Riverland Field Days team.
Our attending Clubs for their donations of Raffle Baskets.
The Barossa Caravan Club for the Sausage Sizzle.
The Carefree Caravan Club for the selling of raffle tickets & disposal of rubbish from the site.
The Elizabethan Caravan Club for the Morning and Afternoon Teas.
The Southern Cross Caravan Club for the Disc Bowl Competition and Bingo Session.
Thank you also to the individuals who helped in anyway, especially young William from the Family and Friends Caravan Club who assisted with the microphone and also umpired at the disc bowl competition.
Thank you also to our members who attended and filled out the survey. Your ideas and thoughts are very much appreciated and will be considered for the 2021 State Rally.
Ref Date: 31 Jan 2019