Planning continues for Cowra's New Year's Eve Beach Party

Covid 19 has thrown many businesses and organisations into chaos and the Cowra Community New Year's Eve Beach Party is no exception.

Despite the disruption planning has continued for this year's event.

Even though the Beach Party is six months away planning is already underway.

The committee had grand plans to launch into the year at the Cowra Festival, which was to be held in March, but unfortunately had to be cancelled.

The existing New Year's Eve Beach Party committee met for their annual general meeting on March 16.

All positions were cheerfully filled.

One of the organisation's founding members, Peter Boler, who has worked relentlessly for the Beach Party since its inception, retired from the committee to hopefully take a well earned rest.

"We want to thank him so much and are sad to see him go," newly elected Beach Party committee president Joan Bailey said.

"Without him the event would not have come into being.

"We could have pulled up stumps to try again next year because of the pandemic but instead, a decision to keep planning for a spectacular night of entertainment for families to help them kick 2020 to the curb was made.

"The Cowra Community New Year's Eve Beach Party is working hard behind the scenes to ensure Cowra and surrounding areas can say goodbye to a sad and annus horribilis 2020 and invite 2021 with a bang.

Although 2019 was drought stricken and with fire bans our fireworks were withdrawn, we intend, weather permitting, to produce a display worthy of our community.

"The community of Cowra will be looking to party at the end of the Covid 19 pandemic and we will be ready to give them that party.

"Gabby Hopping, an enthusiastic Events Manager in training, has offered to come on board as a volunteer to help coordinate this year's event and we are super excited about what she can bring to the table with her expertise in her field.

"It is planned to hold the event at the Showgrounds again this year and we are really praying that we will have green, lush grounds suitable for picnic rugs and outdoor fun.

"We will also have our dunking tank, mud pit, jumping castles and pony rides and have already secured The Snakes Alive Show and Madura Magic Show," Ms Bailey said.

With planning already well underway the committee is looking for more entertainment options and involvement from stallholders.

"We are continuing to source more interesting and entertaining attractions for the event and looking for stall holders to provide food and drink and other market items for purchasing on the night," Ms Bailey said.

"We absolutely want to thank the community of Cowra for all their support, generous donations, purchasing of raffle tickets and 100 club purchasing and of course for coming to last year's event.

"To all the local businesses thank you for your sponsorship dollars towards our event.

"A big shout out to Ray White Emms Mooney who through their generous sponsorship, became the naming rights sponsor of last year's event.

"It costs a lot to run an event like this and we can't do it without you.

"As the months click along and social isolation becomes a thing of the past, we will again be calling for support," she said.

Ms Bailey said the Cowra community will be kept up to date on planning for the 2020 New Year's Eve Beach party through the local media, Facebook and Instagram.

"Be sure to follow us," she said.