After having to postpone his annual Australia Day hay run, Burrumbuttock Hay Run organiser Brendan Farrell has shared some very exciting news.
He took to Facebook to announce that the next hay run will take place in Illfracombe, Queensland from July 8-10.
Farrell revealed that Illfracombe was the site for the hay run back in 2016, and many farmers in the region are still doing it tough. “Things have changed, there is some green patches up through that way but there’s still a lot of farmers who’ve missed out as well,” adding that the site was also chosen due to logistics.
“Main reason I’m going back to Illfracombe and a lot of people ask that question already, is I needed to find somewhere I can park 300 prime movers, 500 trailers.” He added that it’s the only place he knows that he can do that, and do it comfortably and safely.
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runner are due to arrive at Illfracombe on July 8, before heading out to their various destinations the next day to places that include Boulia, Kynuna, Winton, Muttaburra and Aramac.
Between 40 and 50 trailers are expected to make their way to each of the destinations.
Upon the Hay Runners return, Farrell said they’ll head to the Wellshot Hotel, which was last year named Best Grey Nomad Pub Stay at the Grey Nomad Awards, before making their way to the Illfracombe Races on Saturday July 10.
Like the Burrumbuttock Hay Run, the Illfracombe Races was also cancelled last year due to COVID. “This year they’re having it and I want to try and make sure that it is one hell of an event. You’ve got 1000 people there on the Hay Run plus 1000 people from everywhere coming to the races and with the entertainment that I have for the races, you’ve got Roo Arcus, Innocent Eve, Hillbilly Goats and Jayne Denham – mate, it’s one hell of a rock show,” Farrell said.
He also thanked NTI Truck Insurance for coming on board as a sponsor once again. “I’m so glad to have NTI Truck Insurance backing me every single year,” he said. “They know how important it is.”