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Strathalbyn is gearing up to celebrate the Santos Tour Down Under Men’s Stage 5 finish on Saturday, 19 January. While competing cyclists are expected to arrive Dawson Street at approximately 3:30pm to cross the finish line,  companion event  “Summer & Spokes in Strathalbyn” will be kicking off from 10:00am.

An initiative of the Strathalbyn Tourism Association and Alexandrina Council, this family-friendly day is designed to provide entertainment for locals and visitors coming into town to watch the race. There will be giant games to play in the park, live music, face painters and prizes awarded for the bike decorating and colouring competitions which are open to the public until 12 January. A host of stalls in the parklands will be offering food across a variety of global cuisines, along with giftwares, homewares, jewellery, arts and other merchandise.

Community stalls will be providing a BBQ and showcasing unusual bikes and model aircraft. Dedicated activities, entertainment and games for children will be held in the Uniting Church Hall, where special accommodations will be made for autistic children or those with other sensory sensitivities.

“Our volunteers have been working hard to create a fun, festive atmosphere where visitors can explore the town and enjoy a day of family-friendly entertainment,” says Leonie Broadbridge, Chair of the Summer & Spokes committee. “We want everyone to feel included and have a great day, whether they’re visitors to our town or locals.”

For those making the trip to Strathalbyn to be part of the day, general parking will be made available opposite the Strath Motel off Braemar Drive. A gold coin donation is requested to help local volunteer and community groups, but a free shuttle bus will transport spectators into town and back throughout the day.

Leonie is also encouraging locals along the race route to participate in the Santos Best Dressed Town competition by dressing up their homes or paddocks in red and white, centring on the theme of bikes and wheels.

“Individual premises can be nominated to win prizes, and the more people willing to participate, the greater our chance of winning the prize and prestige of Best Dressed Town.”