Farmers from the Marrar region will trade their riding boots for dancing shoes to help celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer.

The Marrar Ag-n-Chat group are set to host the ‘Ball in the Hall’ on Friday, 26 October in the Marrar War Memorial Hall.

Organiser of the ball, Donna Carmichael said there hadn’t been a real “glitz and glamour” ball held in Marrar for a long time so the Year of the Farmer provided the perfect opportunity.

“It is a way for us to celebrate not only the Year of the Farmer, but also our local farmers and their families who contribute so much to the agriculture industry,” she said.

“It’s also just a really good excuse to dress up and get-together with everyone in the community.”

Established out of the drought in 2003, hosts of the event, the Marrar Ag-n-Chat group, is a group of like- minded rural women who get together to learn new things, network, provide fundraising support and help out the community.

“We just thought this would be a fun way for us to celebrate the farmers who produce our prime lambs, canola and cereal crops our region is known for, as well as hopefully make a profit which we can then pass on to charity.”

Mrs Carmichael said tickets for the ‘Ball in the Hall’ cost $55 per person, with tables of 12 available.

The formal evening would include a three-course meal by Michele Seymour Catering and entertainment by band Who’s the Boss.

A full bar will be operating and a live goods auction, including a handmade patchwork quilt and artwork, would happen throughout the evening.

Coolamon Shire’s Tourism and Business Development Manager, Linda Tillman, said the ball being hosted in Marrar was a great opportunity for locals to celebrate the small community.

“Being held just before harvest will also give our farmers a chance to have a bit of fun before one of the busiest times of the year.”

Proceeds from the ball would go to charities Marrar Ag-n-Chat group currently support.

For tickets and more information contact Donna Carmichael (02) 6927 4321 or purchase tickets from Marrar Sales and Service/Post Office.

Cristy Houghton