Bingara Bowls Carnival

March 22, 2019

The Bingara Sporting Club is gearing up for an action packed weekend of lawn bowls at the inaugural Light Horse Regiment Bowls Carnival on the 18th and 19th May 2019.

The two day event which is set to attract around 120 bowlers from across NSW and beyond will see groups of fours and pairs battling it out for some fantastic cash prizes, with a total prize pool of over $4,000 thanks to over 14 Bingara sponsors.

The event which is the brainchild of Bingara Sporting Club’s Male Bowls Committee, aims to hold a “Must Attend” Carnival that showcases the best bowling greens in the district coupled with good old fashioned “Bingara Hospitality”.

The Locals will be treated to a spectacle of very competitive and highly skilled games of Lawn Bowls. Carnival Coordinator Colin Whitfield says that he is very keen to promote lawn bowls as a great social activity, and an excellent way to create a sense of belonging in the community “We are seeing a lot of farmers really hurting at the moment, and who are feeling stressed and socially isolated. We would love to encourage those farmers to schedule some time to participate in the game of Lawn Bowls” said Mr Whitfield.

“I must admit when I’m playing bowls I am not thinking about how I am going to feed my cows’ said Don Mack the secretary of the Men’s Bowling Club.

Lawn Bowls is a fantastic game that can be played by anyone aged from nine to ninety, with no prior experience necessary. We are really hoping that many locals will see the success of this Carnival and consider trying the game for themselves” said Mr Whitfield. In addition to the eight games of bowls played across the two days, there will be numerous social events for players and their families including event dinners and raffles.

“We have partnered with a number of accommodation providers to offer visiting competitors affordable accommodation rates, it is hoped that this will entice more entries from afar to come and experience Bingara and inject some much needed funds into the local economy” said Mr Whitfield.

Social bowls coordinator Allister Lemin is also keen to promote the game with the committee recently hosting social barefoot bowls competitions on a Wednesday evening. “The first round which commenced late last year proved to be a huge success and it is back again this year with the second competition under way on Wednesday’s from 5.30 pm” said Mr Lemin.

The Lawn Bowls Carnival is dedicated to the 35 men from the Gwydir district who served in the Light Horse Regiment, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for their town and their country.

The Carnival hopes to honour these men ……Lest We Forget.

For anyone interested in participating in the Carnival are encouraged to fill out a nomination form available at the Sportsman’s Club or contact Colin Whitfield on 0416 248 581 or email lyncolin1@bigpond.com