Punters help out at fundraiser

ONE lucky punter picked up a bottle of wine for $4000 on Saturday night.

Four-thousand funny dollars that is.

More than 150 guests tried their luck at the Tweed Valley Banana Festival's first Las Vegas Casino Night at Condong Bowls Club.

Festival president Chris Chrisostomos said 10 dollars bought 500 banana bucks, which people could try and increase, before bidding in the evening's auction.

“It was a great night,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

“The games provided hours of fun.

“Everyone had a laugh and enjoyed it.”

Mr Chrisostomos said even kids were getting in on the fake-money fun.

“It was a real family night.”

The queen entrants were croupiers, running and dealing the games, which included heads or tails, crown and anchor, black Jack, roulette, money wheel and miniature horse racing.

“Everyone was just playing everything after we walked them through the rules,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

“We made $1200 profit.”

So far the Banana Festival committee has raised $3000 which they will allocate to a local charity after the festi- val, to be held August 14 to 23.

“We have a few nominations for local charities seeking support,” he said.

“Any local charity can put their hand up for support and the committee will review the nominations.

“We may choose one charity in need or split it among a few.”

The next fundraising event will be an “op shop dress karaoke night”.

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