Thousands raised for firies at Inaugural Big Back Valley BBQ and Yabbie Cup

Yabbie dabba do: Yabbie racing was hugely popular among young and old at the Back Valley Big Bushfire BBQ. Photo: Phil Williams.
Yabbie dabba do: Yabbie racing was hugely popular among young and old at the Back Valley Big Bushfire BBQ. Photo: Phil Williams.

Over $8600 was raised for the KI Mayoral Fund and local CFS brigades at the hugely successful Best of Back Valley Big Bushfire BBQ and Yabbie Cup, held at Encounter Bay Oval on Sunday February 16.

About 500 people got on down to the family friendly event organised by City of Victor Harbor councillor and Back Valley local, Bryan Littlely.

The yabbie races were a real highlight for all involved, especially the kids.

LJ Hooker and their yabbie, "Yabbie Dabba Do" took out the coveted and inaugural Yabbie Cup.

Mr Littlely said the event was strongly supported by a huge range of local businesses as well as the wider Fleurieu community and that it was great to see such community spirit.

"It shows the strength of our community to come together for a such a good cause," Mr Littlely said.

"There was no outlay to stage the event, with everything donated - goods and people's time - giving us a great opportunity to raise plenty of funds for good causes on Sunday."

City of Victor Harbor Mayor, Dr Moira Jenkins spent the afternoon serving slow cooked meats and said it was a fabulous day.

"The yabbie racing and inaugural Yabbie Cup was a definite hit with young and old alike," Dr Jenkins said.

"The slow cooked meats were amazing, the potato bake competition was a hit and the Granite Community Band sounded great."