2021 ACCSA 31st State Rally Report
The ACCSA State Rally was held at the Riverland Events Centre from Thursday 4th March 2021 to Monday 8th March 2021. We ordered good weather and we were rewarded with wonderful sunny days.
ACCSA Committee & National Rally Committee members arrived a day earlier to attend a combined Committee Meeting with the Riverland Events Centre staff. Five couples attended the Barmera Hotel for dinner.
The State Rally was attended by 74 vans representing seven out of the fourteen ACCSA affiliated clubs and some members of the Australian Touring RV Club.
Vans began arriving on the morning of 4th March 2021 and were met at the gate by 1st Vice President, John Anderson and Secretary, John Baans. They were directed to their Club areas and settled in.
The twelve and half hectares of the site was in magnificent condition, covered in luscious green grass. It looked like an oasis in the desert and was a credit to the Riverland Events Centre staff.
At 4:00 pm our members started to gather in the Function Pavilion which really is a fantastic building. The President, Graham Brown welcomed one and all and there followed happy hour. The clubs were allocated separate tables which unfortunately had to be because of our Covid Plan to hold this event. Later that night we had our first movie night which featured Luci Ball & Desi Arnaz in the Long, Long Trailer. An oldie but a goodie. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a hiccup with the disc sticking a couple of times, but everyone still had a good laugh and maybe relate to the movie when on the road.
Friday 5th March 2021 - During the night, a few gusts of wind passed over us and one of our vans lost its awning. This was a good reminder to ensure that awnings should be always tied down, preferably with anti-flappers or awning tighteners. We also received the bad news that past ACCSA President, Reg Merritt (Elizabethan Club) was tragically drowned in a boating accident. We acknowledged Reg’s passing later that day with a one-minute silence.
After breakfast some ventured to Renmark to partake of a free tour of the Paddle Steamer PS Renmark whilst most made use of free time to relax or visit the local area especially shopping for fruit and vegetables. The last of our vans arrived during the day. At 1:00 pm our 2021 ACCSA 31st State Rally was officially opened by our VIP’s, local MP Tim Whetstone and Berri Barmera Mayor, Peter Hunt. The Sheep Dog Trial which was scheduled for the afternoon did not go ahead as the farmer had his dates mixed up. At 4.30 pm we gathered for wine tasting in the Function Pavilion courtesy of Berri Estates and cheese and crackers courtesy of ACCSA. There were a few tasty drops, and some orders were made. At 6.30 pm our local caterers, Salt & Pepper put on a good meal of Lamb & Chicken, roast potatoes, vegetables, and gravy & sauces followed by fruit cake and ice cream. There was plenty of food and some people took up the offer for seconds and still there was more leftovers to be used the following day at the sausage sizzle. After dinner, our entertainers, Trevor & Jenny Charity set up with their equipment and there followed some live music. The Berri Barmera Mayor, Peter Hunt, who used to be a member of the band returned and entertained us with his singing and I may add, did a good job of it. Several our couples got up and danced the night away, including yours truly doing the Military-Two-Step. There were also a few laughs when some of us went out the front and played along with Bush-Band instruments and then some of the men came out dressed as Sumo wrestler type ballerinas, what a hoot. Please know that Trevor & Jenny did not seek any payment from us to provide the entertainment. They only wanted to set up a table for purchase of their dried fruits, jams and sauces which were pretty darn good.
Saturday 6th March 2021 - Some of our people went off on arranged tours of the Berri Estate Winery and the Riverglen View Art Studio. Both tours were remarkably interesting from what I learnt from the attendees.
After Lunch, our voluntary First Aiders for the National Rally, completed the practical session of the First Aid Course and I am happy to report all went well and all passed. Other members attended the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum which opened especially for us and was enjoyed by all. Later
that afternoon the farmer and his dog and sheep arrived and so we gathered to see how it was done. We marvelled at the skills of the two dogs but on this day, I would say that the sheep stole the show by their refusal to obey 80% of the time. We then gathered for happy hour and there followed a sausage sizzle dinner with bread and salads. This was an eventful day which finished with a good old Bingo Session.
Sunday 7th March 2021 - Market Day. Our clubs and individuals set up stalls with plenty of bargains for our people. Morning tea had an extra feature this morning with piping hot scones, jam, and cream. Free time followed to explore, and we then gathered at 1:00pm for the State Disc Bowl competition. This year we introduced the International Disc Bowl sets and rules. 22 teams entered and the winners were Warren Biglands & Paul Richards from the Carefree Club who won an International Disc Bowls set for their club and handsome trophies for themselves. The runners up were Max and Rosemary Walker of the Australian Touring RV Club who also received handsome trophies. We finished the day with gathering for the usual happy hour and then ventured to the Cobdogla Club for dinner.
Monday 8th March 2021 - In the morning, the Club Presidents and Secretaries attended a meeting and then after morning tea people gathered for a presentation of the 18th National Caravan Clubs Rally 2022 which featured our video which we showed at the Albany 17th National Rally. There followed the drawing of our raffle with a large array of prizes and then the official closing of the rally by our host, the manager of the Riverland Events Centre, Tim Grieger. The rest of the day was free time until the gathering of happy hour and then our second movie night.
Tuesday 9th March 2021 - Pack up day and safe travels, until we meet again.
Thank you to each and every one who attended and supported the 2021 ACCSA 31st State Rally. The next one is due in 2023, whether it goes ahead or not will have to be up to a new 2022-23 Committee.
Thank you all for your responses with the record of expending sheets which to date are still being processed but will be between $25,000 and $30,000 and the feedback form of which we will scrutinise and take on board any comments for ensuring the National Rally will run smoothly.
ACCSA sincerely thanks the following people and sponsors who made the 2021 ACCSA State Rally a success.
The ACCSA Executives and members of the 18th National Caravan Clubs Rally Committee 2022.
Riverland Events Centre staff.
Entertainers, Trevor & Jenny Charity and Chris Dower (Carefree Caravan Club)
Our VIP guests, The Hon. Tim Whetstone and Berri Barmera Mayor, Peter Hunt.
Donation of gift baskets from the Adelaide, Barossa, Carefree, Wanderers & Southern Cross Caravan Clubs.
The Carefree Caravan Club for selling the raffle tickets.
The Barossa Caravan Club for providing the BBQ tea sausage sizzle.
The Southern Cross Caravan Club for running the Disc Bowl Competition.
Ron & Christine Worden & Judy Baans (SCCC) for running the Bingo night.
The following people & companies for donations of prizes for our raffle, and contents for our rally bags. Helen Manson (Dave Benson CC), Berri Estate Winery, Berri Information Centre, Mica Giardina for the Entertainment Voucher, Federal Member the Hon. Tony Pasin for the donation of writing pads, Hon. Nicola Centofanti for donation of biros, Bert van Spronsen of Kui Parks for the donation of 3 x two-year memberships, Gully Winds Wine, The RAA, REDARC, Sun Bake Bakery, Trail-A-Mate, The Pure Wine Company & Wendy Altschwager. (author & member of SCCC.) for donation of two of her books.
ACCSA & 18th National Rally Secretaries