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Stawell winning

Stawell winning

Record breaking crowds in Stawell

Thousands of tourists have flocked to stawell over the weekend.
The town organised street parties, markets, fireworks and other activities to run alongside the Stawell gift carnival.

The weather was perfect for each day of the Gift carnival with Dhruv Rodrigues Chico and Alexia Loizou claiming the mens and womens respective crowns at the 138th Easter Stawell Gift Carnival, Australia’s richest footrace.

Both from Melbourne, 20-year-old Rodrigues Chico won the Visit Grampians Stawell Gift, and 21-year-old Loizou won the Strickland Family Women’s Gift.

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The Stawell Gold Cup was also held on Sunday with numbers up on past years with Mayor Kevin Irwin saying he went along and commented on how busy it was.

Accommodation owners, restaurants and Cafes were all super happy with how the weekend turned out with everything booked out and Mr Irwin saying there were line ups to get into cafes and at the Stawell Gift itself there were more people in attendance than any other year.

The Northern Grampians shire will now have a short break ahead of their next big event, the Grampians Grape escape which is on May 4 and 5.

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