The 2017 Yarragon Book Fair on 8-9 July promises to be a real page-turner for book lovers travelling to Gippsland this winter. This annual fund-raiser helps Yarragon and Darnum- Ellinbank Fire Brigade volunteers to purchase vital equipment and vehicles to better serve their local communities. Yarragon Fire Brigade Secretary Geoff Conway said Brigade volunteers have been working hard in recent months gathering and sorting a huge stockpile of books – an estimated 40,000 – to suit every reader. “We’re really gearing up now. Donations by local residents as well as charity groups from right across Eastern Victoria are helping to ensure amazing quality at a fraction of ‘new’ book prices. Paperbacks will be $1, hard covers $2.50 and children’s books are $5 for a bag or box. “This is the 14th year of the Yarragon Book Fair and we’ve gathered a seriously good collection of fresh titles for this year stacking up in storage for our winter sale,” he said. “However there’s always room for good quality books, particularly the ever popular children’s books which sell like hotcakes, if people have extras they wish to contribute in June.” Mr Conway said all book donors and the regular crowds of visitors to Yarragon who attend and supported the Book Fair with purchases and donations were greatly appreciated. “This fund-raiser has been a massive contributor to our brigades and the success of local volunteer fire-fighters in protecting life and properties across the region,” he said. “Our CFA volunteer fire-fighters train and build their knowledge week-in week-out to allow them to safely respond to bushfire, building structure fires and road rescue incidents. Brigade members and other locals also commit to fund-raising activities to improve the equipment and support to fire-fighters. This includes communications equipment and training room gear, office refurbishments, uniform items and vehicles.” “During the past seven years both brigades have run the Book Fair together, they’ve raised a total of around $100,000. We’ve been averaging about $18,000 in recent years, peaking at $22,000 in 2014. “This year we are hoping to fund improvements in fire-fighting equipment and training aids. So we are seeking support from people coming from far and wide to help make our 2017 Yarragon Book Fair the biggest and best ever,” Mr Conway said. “We urge everyone to mark the weekend of 8-9 July on their calendars for a trip to Yarragon, make sure they catch this fun event at Yarragon Community Hall, and help spread the word.” “With all new stock at great prices, they can grab a bargain for every member of the family with paperbacks and hard covers of every genre on sale across the weekend. Doors open on Saturday 8 July at 9am and the fair will run across the weekend until 4pm on Sunday 9 July 2017. The Yarragon Public Hall is in Campbell Street, 50 metres from the Princess Highway and an easy stroll to the shops, cafes and galleries in Yarragon Village, just past Warragul. For more information or to donate books to the CFA Yarragon Book Fair, please call Michael O’Toole on 0438 342 670, Geoff Conway on 0418 318 900 or email email@example.com Media contact: Gill Cooper 0438 998 868 for supplied images or to arrange interviews.