Jerilderie has again shown how to put on an Australia Day ceremony with an evening of celebrations at Luke Park on Friday.
Despite a drop in attendance from previous years due to the threat of thunderstorms, the evening still managed to draw hundreds particularly for the traditional fireworks.
Although a few light showers came throughout the night, attendees still gathered around the main stage and lake.
Ray McCartney sang classic Aussie songs throughout the evening and even belted out cult dance songs including ‘The Macarena’ and ‘The Nutbush’.
Sadie Herrick won the Jerilderie Citizen of the Year, and legendary Jerilderie Demon John Purcell won Jerilderie Sports Person of the Year.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae congratulated the organising committee and said the evening ‘‘allows us to recognise the dedicated and hard working members of our community’’.
The highlight was fireworks over the lake, which closed the ceremony. The spectacular eight minute display wowed attendees who travelled from as far as Tocumwal and Coleambally.