Swap meet gets bigger, better

A SWAP meet held at Proserpine Showgrounds on Saturday was even larger and more successful than the previous year's event, according to organisers.

The fifth annual swap meet saw an increase in both stalls and people attending the event.

More than 2000 people flooded through the gates to take advantage of more than 50 stalls offering everything from crafts and car accessories to books, plants and toys.

Organised by the Proserpine/Whitsunday Freemasons, the annual event is a valuable fundraiser for local community groups, kindergartens and the Proserpine Hospital.

Organiser Bill Pratt said it was too early to estimate how much money the swap meet had raised.

But he said there was no doubt that there would be enough money to help the Proserpine Hospital's maternity ward purchase much-needed new equipment. Bill's wife Sharron said the swap meet had been a really fun day and she had sold almost everything on her stall.

“We sold toys, clothes, a little bit of furniture – whatever I had had enough of!” said the mother of three.

“It was a good day, socialising with everyone and sitting around, talking to people and listening to the band.

“We also bought some stuff – some antique chinaware and bric a brac, so we went home with almost as much as we sold.”

The swap meet also included a Show and Shine, which was a resounding success in its first year in partnership with the Swap Meet.

Sixty-two cars turned out for the Show and Shine, coming from as far afield as Townsville and Moranbah.

The winning car was Peter Olivetta's 1956 Ford Thunderbird.

Other cars no show included Holden panel vans and classic hotrods. The oldest vehicle dated from 1928.

Show and Shine organiser Cliff Strohfeldt said the event had been such a success that plans were already bubbling for next year's car show.

“Everyone said they had a really good time,” said Cliff, who works at Carlisle Motors, in Proserpine.

“We had 10 trophies in all, which really added to the excitement, with the main trophy from Hunter Coaches.

“We also had a monster raffle with loads of prizes donated by businesses including Advance Windscreens, Snap On Tools and Proserpine Auto Repairs and Towing Service and the top three cars also received a Supercheap Auto gift card.”

A dyno machine, donated by East Coast Diesel, proved a hit as cars went head to head to see which vehicle had the most horsepower.


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