The winners of the 2018 Junee Rotary Gnome Challenge have now been announced, with all the money raised during the competition going to well-deserving community groups around town.
President of the Junee Rotary Club Trish Davies said they started the Gnome Challenge last year as a way to get more families and organisations involved in the Rhythm n Rail Festival.
“It was all about getting the people involved and making some money to distribute back to local charities and organisations throughout Junee,” Ms Davies said.
“It was a really good family activity that lots of people did with their kids.”
Ms Davies said there were a couple of garden gnomes that blew crowds away this year.
“A stand-out group display was the Junee Scout Group’s – they set their gnomes up around a campfire like they were on a scout outing,” she said.
“We also had a really interesting one from the RSL Pre-School, where the woman who decorated it made the gnome look like it was wearing a hat made of very fine lace.”
Ms Davies said they will be swapping the Gnome Challenge out for next year to introduce another exciting competition.
“We won’t be doing the Garden Gnome Challenge next year – we’ve done it for two years and Junee’s all gnomed out,” she joked.
“We’ve come up with a new idea – creating little miniature gardens, and we’re announcing it now so people can get started on planting them.”
This year’s winners:
- Most Unusual Gnome – Nangus
- Best Business Gnome – Junee Laundromat
- Best School Gnome – Junee RSL Pre-School
- Judge’s Choice Gnome – Junee Scout Group
This year’s beneficiaries:
- Country Women's Association
- Eurongilly Public School
- Illabo Public School
- Junee North Public School
- Junee Public School
- Junee Hospital Long Stay facility
- Cooinda Court
- Nangus Public School
- Junee Scout Group
- RSL Pre School