Spend a buck on the wheel

BANANA Festival queen entrants Jessy Curry and Amy Carroll and reigning queen Grace Molloy practise their casino tricks.
BANANA Festival queen entrants Jessy Curry and Amy Carroll and reigning queen Grace Molloy practise their casino tricks.

DUST off your sequins and shake out the feather boas, because Viva Las Vegas is coming to the Condong Bowls Club.

For the first time ever the Tweed Valley Banana Festi- val will hold a casino-themed fundraiser tonight from 6.30pm, festival president Chris Chrisostomos said yesterday.

“Everyone pays $10, and that gets them 500 banana bucks,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

The play money can be used throughout the night to bet on a number of games, including heads or tails, crown and anchor, blackjack, roul- ette, money wheel and miniature horse racing.

“The horse racing is great,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

“The track is a few metres long and there's no way of predicting it.

“Every race is completely different.”

At the end of the night, Mr Chrisostomos said, there will be a prize auction using only the banana money.

“People are still donating prizes, but so far we have bottles of wine, meat trays and a dinner for two.”

Fortunately, unlucky punters can invest in extra banana bucks throughout the night.

“The queen entrants will be the croupiers, running the games and dealing,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

“I gave them a rundown of the games on their deportment day.”

The night starts at 6.30pm, with gambling from 7pm to 9pm, followed by disco.

“We've never done any- thing like this,” he said.

“We just thought it'd be something different.”

Mr Chrisostomos said no one on the festival committee is a gambler, so they had to do a bit or research.

“We've printed all the rules in case people haven't played before.

“It's just to have some fun.”

People are encouraged to dress in their Las Vegas finery for the family night, with a prize for the best-dressed couple.

“Kids are definitely welcome to come and play,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

“It's only Monopoly money.”

The Condong Bowls Club bistro will be open for meals, as well as bar facilities.

The theme of this year's Tweed Valley Banana Festi- val, which to be held from August 14 to 23, is Wild, Wild West.

All money raised at the festival and the casino night, their second fundraiser for the year, will to go charities in the Tweed Shire.

For more information go to

Rings offer hope at treacherous Fingal headland

This all-terrain vehicle was funded for Fingal SLSC after its namesake, Ryan Martin, died at Fingal Head.

Flotation devices and more on the horizon for deadly headland

Bust a move to get weight down

DANCE: Peter Leroy (centre ) is teaching people to   dance to Tina Turner's hit song Nutbush City Limits, as a fun way to help improve fitness levels.

Join the new Nutbush exercise class.

Local Partners