2019 Gala Day at American River | PHOTOS

A Kangaroo Island tradition continued with another successful Gala Day at the American River oval on Sunday, January 20.

Organised by the American River Community & Sports Association "The Shed" the event raises money for local charities and entry is always by a gold coin only. 

There were more than 30 stalls this year and all the favourites were back including the tug o’ war, egg and sack races and kids’ show bags.

He was chased around the oval by kids of all ages wanting to pluck bags of lollies attached to his white coat.  

The sheep shearing demonstration saw three shearers, Lenny Deakin, Tyler Asplin and Jock Tohu, who shear for Allan and Rere Evans.

The sheep belonged to John Barrett, while Michelle Barrett brought various baby animals for the popular petting zoo.

Numerous community groups including the Kangaroo Island Dragons, and their American River-based dragon boats.

Bother the dragon boaters and the Rebuild Independence Group (RIG) members held jumble sales.

Mayor Michael Pengilly and his wife Jan attended, as did Liberal Party candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer and Greens candidate Anne Bourne.

There were also a large fleet of aircraft parked up at the Muston airstrip for the annual Gala Day fly-in. Two parachutists dropped in from the sky onto the oval. 

Cars and bikes featured in the show and shine, while the Shed and bar were packed with people enjoying food and drinks.

International visitors Patrick Welsch from Germany, Elisa Chocron from France and Miquel Santandreu from Spain had a great time at the American River Gala Day. 

The trio had just some spent time working on the property of Scott and Liz McDonald at Pelican Lagoon.

They said they were impressed with the community spirit shown not only at Gala Day but across Kangaroo Island.

“It’s a perfect way to end our stay,” they said. 

Miquel, who hails from the island of Mallorca (Majorca) in the Mediterranean, said his own Island had been subjected to so much rampant development in recent decades, that it was so nice to see an island still dominated by nature and agriculture.