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Riverboats catches out ticket scam

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February 19, 2018

RIVERBOATS ran into its first ticket scam this year when several people had to be turned away at the gate because their tickets had been forged.

RIVERBOATS ran into its first ticket scam this year when several people had to be turned away at the gate because their tickets had been forged.

Organiser David Frazer said he was “disappointed more than anything else” when told about people presenting the bogus tickets.

Mr Frazer said his team manning the gates and ticket box were really on the ball in detecting the fakes.

He said the festival also had a few challenges this year with people attempting to smuggle alcohol into the event.

“We are not even sure if the people with the fakes realised they had been ripped off,” Mr Frazer said.

“But it wasn’t big numbers and we were happy just to have found them at the gate – we didn’t see any need to take it any further.

“As for the alcohol, well the event has been clearly promoted as not having any BYO alcohol but people keep trying,” he said.

“We like to think we stop most of it but we find cans lying around with product not being sold on site, so that’s annoying.”

The second successive sellout musical weekend struck gold with the weather and despite a few technical hiccups with sound gear fans were still judging it a fantastic success.

Lee McHugh, who travelled from Adelaide after years of wanting to see the festival, said she thought the whole event was “spectacular”.

“I’m just lucky a good friend has moved to Echuca, giving me the reason to make it more of a visit,” she said.

“We went every day and saw every act – it was such a diverse line up and we loved every minute of it.”

■IN WEDNESDAY’S RIV: Check out our post Riverboats feature in the paper – photos, interviews and socials. Don’t miss it.

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