PUNTERS had a great reason to head to the pub Monday night, and it didn't involve horse racing.
The Great Western Hotel and Ararat Hotel both held a fundraiser for farmers impacted by drought in Queensland and New South Wales.
The fundraiser was part of a broader campaign by Great Northern Brewing Company, which donated 1000 kegs to selected hotels in the region.
Sale proceeds from the kegs are then distributed to the Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Relief Appeal.
The Great Western Hotel raised $907.15.
Hotel owner Bruce Ahchow said the event fit in with the hotel's history of helping out farmers.
"The reason Great Western was selected is because our history in the (fundraising) space is quite good," Mr Ahchow said.
"We were one of the first to do the Parma for a Farmer campaign and instead of one or two dollars we donated five for every parma sold.
"We donated to the Need for Feed cause ... and we did a Keg for a Cause.
"We think that farmers are the back bone of a rural society and generally, when farmers are in trouble, everyone's in trouble.
"We can't do anything about the rain but we can certainly let them (farmers) know that we're supporting their cause and we'll back them as best we can."
On the same night the Ararat Hotel also held a Let It Pour event.
The venue held an Ararat & District Eight Ball knockout competition with a $5 entry fee, which was donated to the cause.
Manager Steve Burke said it "went fantastic."
"We had 32 entries and Brian beat Theresa two one in the finals," he said.
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