John O’Connor from the Rotary Club of Leongatha’s Show ‘n’ Shine committee and Leongatha identity Jim Baum with Jim’s pride and joy, his Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe which will be among many majestic motorcycles on show.

THE Rotary Club of Leongatha’s annual Show ‘n’ Shine, Swap Meet, Craft and Produce Market gets bigger every year, just like its title!
Organisers are proud to offer visitors something new at each instalment, which is why it keeps attracting massive crowds, and this year, on Sunday, March 5, they will welcome the recently formed ‘Gippsland Hog Chapter’, a group of Harley Davidson enthusiasts.
Traralgon Harley Davidson has come on board as a sponsor and will attend with a great trade stand of Harley Davidson clothing and memorabilia.
Leongatha’s Jim Baum is among the group’s 175 members, and will be showing off his Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe on the day.
“We’ll have a lot of motorbikes on the velodrome oval as part of the Show ‘n’ Shine,” said John O’Connor, part of the Rotary Club’s organising committee.
“We took a few phone calls from people asking about how many categories in the judging competition there were for motorcycles, and I said three, which apparently was not enough.
“There are a lot of people with Harley Davidsons, BMW, Italian and Japanese bikes who said they’d love to come along, so we now have 10 categories for motorcycles on offer with specialist judges.
“All up there are now 28 categories for bikes, cars and trucks, with expert judges in each class, and we’ve spent more on trophies this year providing even greater incentive for the entrants.”
The magnificent vehicles of two, four or more wheels are only part of the fun on what is an exciting and affordable day out for the family.
“Rotary will be supplying the food, there’ll be nice coffee and gelato is always popular,” John said.
“The craft market and swap meet will be all together again. It worked really well last year and there was a tremendous atmosphere under the trees above the velodrome.”
The voice of the event will once again be Pinky, known as the best car show commentator in the business.
He comes down from Hawkesbury near Sydney each year to provide his expert knowledge and humour.
John is expecting another record-breaking crowd with the added attraction of the bikes this year.
“Last year was the best attendance we’ve had. People come from everywhere from Geelong to the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and right throughout Gippsland.
“We’ve advertised more broadly this year too in Just Cars and Just Bikes magazines so we’re expecting the attendance to be up again.”
He said the event also enjoys great support from the local community who recognise its value.
“It costs just $6 for adults or $15 for families so it’s not an expensive day.”
It’s open from 9am to 1.30pm.
For further information, contact John O’Connor on 0416 193 990 or Mary Dortmans on 0408 642 256 for market enquiries.