She's a beauty 

She's just turned 40, and like all ladies of a certain age (not that she's that old) she can be a bit touchy about her appearance, especially as she's in the public eye, day in and day out.

She's actually worn pretty well, considering that she's been exposed to Adaminaby's extreme elements, through winter and summer, for many a long year.

But the Big Trout, a symbol of the region's focus on fresh water fishing which brings about $47 million to the area annually, was certainly in need of a makeover.

And local residents formed themselves into a restoration committee, secured funding from local and state governments, and then went onto raise more than $31,000 through hard work, tenacity and persistence.

Then came the task of restoring the Grand Old Lady, which was undertaken - painstakingly - over many months.

Debate raged about her colour - because she is now, very, er, pink.

But that's OK because "our girl" as she is known affectionately, is a symbol, an icon, a representation.

On Saturday, local dignitaries and politicians were drawn to Adaminaby to "open" our girl (or was she revamped, revitalised, launched, dedicated, or celebrated?)

They included Mayor John Cahill and politicians Steve Whan and John Barilaro, all of whom have contributed to the Big Fish project.

They heard from 'Uncle Max' who told of his experiences in building the original Big Trout, and how hot and cramped it had been.

At the same time, the gathering welcomed people to the Adaminaby and Eucumbene Heritage Trail, which begins at the Big Trout, continuing through the retail precinct and on through the residential and cultural heartland of the township.

Story boards are located at key sites to interpret and explain the heritage trail.

It was a big day in town - during Saturday's proceedings, scores of bikers taking part in the Snowy Ride arrived at the Adaminaby checkpoint, only metres away. The bakery and pie shop did a roaring trade.

But the bikers and the Big Trout people were focused on their separate events, and didn't really mix.

It didn't matter, because the restoration of our girl has re-invigorated pride amongst Adaminaby residents.

And if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then she is the top of her class.

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