Allora frocks up for battling farmers
HUNDREDS of women from across Queensland will be frocking up for farmers at the Allora High Tea after tickets sold out within just three hours.
The annual charity event invites women to swing on in to the Allora Town Hall for a day of drinking, dancing and donations.
Thousands of dollars are predicted to go straight into the pockets of local farmers, with proceeds split between Rural Aid and LifeFlight.
Organiser Krissy Henry said the overwhelming support of the community really tugged at her heartstrings.
“When you get there and see everyone come together and dress up for a common cause it gets a bit emotional,” she said.
“It’s an amazing sight to see all the ladies walking down the main street of Allora, dressed to the nines.
“To put all this hard work into planning something and then to see people come to it and really cut loose and enjoy themselves is really the best feeling.”
The rockabilly theme proved a particularly popular choice, boosting sales in local stores as ticket holders flock to assemble the perfect outfit.
The Allora Salvos, clothing stores, beauty therapists and hairdressers have created targeted packages to support the local event.
“It’s so rewarding to see everyone’s generosity,” Miss Henry said.
“At the end it’s amazing to see people who you see at the pub or out to dinner every weekend go out of their way to get behind something that creates so much good.
“Being able to tally everything up throughout the day, seeing the difference you can make and seeing it go directly back into your own community is amazing.”
The overwhelming popularity of the event has raised questions as to whether organisers should create another, but Miss Henry says the group won’t be able to look at that idea for a while.
“Over the years it’s just gotten bigger and bigger, and the people that come just keep coming back,” she said.
“We can’t fit in any more tables at the town hall and we have more than 20 people on a waiting list for tickets.
“People get excited because they know we try to outdo ourselves every year and I think just that little bit of added excitement makes it like nothing else in Allora.”