:Vicky Perrett, left of Brisbane, and Jordan Cook, of Glen Innes, put some last minute touches to the tyres of their rig.
:Vicky Perrett, left of Brisbane, and Jordan Cook, of Glen Innes, put some last minute touches to the tyres of their rig.

Forget the downpour ? let?s keep on trucking

By EMMA CORNFORD

PRINCE Street in Grafton was closed on Saturday as big, shiny trucks made their way through the Central Business District, windscreen wipers taking on the pummelling rain.

Some people huddled under the awnings of Weileys Hotel to shelter from the rain as they watched the rigs roll past as part of the annual Weekend of Trucking parade in Grafton.

Secretary of the Grafton Truck Drivers' Social Club, Dot Tate, said around 140 people took part in the parade.

"I don't think there were as many people there as there would have been if it hadn't rained, but it was still a good parade," Mrs Tate said.

And although the rain doubtlessly kept some people away, a number of families braved the wet at the weekend's Family Fun Day at the Grafton Showground.

Despite the driving rain, kids and their parents squelched their way around food stalls, and took advantage of free face painting, a baby farm animal display and rides.

"It was a bit of a washout. It all still went ahead but the rain just kept on getting heavier and heavier which slowed everything down," said Mrs Tate.

"But the auction went all right. I'd say we raised about $1500 from that."

The annual auction raises money for local charities, which this year will include Northcott Foundation for children with disabilities, Camp Quality, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service and Wooli-Minnie Water and Red Rock-Corindi surf life saving clubs.

The weekend is the major annual event for the Grafton Truck Drivers' Social Club.

Yesterday there was also a golf day with around 30 taking part.



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