Berrigan business Dawmac celebrated its 50th anniversary with a trade show last Wednesday.
Local residents, staff, suppliers and loyal customers turned out for the event despite the dark clouds and threat of rain.
Live music from local entertainer Ray Macartney, demonstrations from suppliers, raffles, and jumping castles for the kids were just some of the great displays on offer.
Dawmac owner John Lane said it was a great day.
‘‘We had about 10 locals help us set up. It was fantastic to see so many people, we really appreciate everyone who attended.
‘‘You hear stories about Dad (Malcolm Lane) all the time of how he would be working really late at night or early in the morning to help people; no job was too big or too small.
‘‘We depend on staff, the community — especially farmers — and our suppliers.
‘‘And our business will continue to integrate with the community.’’
Mr Lane made a special thanks to event organiser Shannon Sandral.
‘‘Shannon has done a really professional job to put this event on; her efforts have gone a long way.
‘‘All money from today’s raffle will be donated to Amaroo Aged Care.’’
Berrigan Shire mayor Matt Hannan congratulated the Lane family on their achievements.
‘‘On behalf of the council I just want to thank the entire family — from Malcolm and Dawn to John, Wendy, Paul and Trent — for the last 50 years.
‘‘I must admit I’ve never been in here before even though I drive past it all the time, so when I came in today I thought to myself how good it’s set up and those stories I heard of how they have everything for sale really are true,’’ Cr Hannan said at the event.
‘‘The farmers have the utmost respect for Dawmac and you can tell that from the attendance.’’
Long-time customer Joe Cottam said the family business has always supported the Berrigan community.
‘‘Nothing has changed from when it first started, the new Lanes still support the community.
‘‘I want to make mention of the hard work Paul does for Dawmac’s operations; he is very important to them.
‘‘Dawmac provides strong employment throughout the community and the staff have always been fantastic,’’ Mr Cottam said.
Mr Cottam presented John and his wife Wendy with life membership of the Berrigan District Development Association. A bronze plaque will be placed on the front of the main building in Chanter St to recognise the honour.