THE tiny town of Ulong will swell with people when the World Rally Championship hits the mountain on Friday.

Already the general store - Mrs Easy's - is jumping with officials and drivers coming to check out the stage.

Steve and Carol Cleary have been a two-person band, finding time to decorate their store in between cooking meals and baking cakes.

The Cleary's snagged a chequered swathe of material (thanks to a thoughtful friend) and have fashioned tablecloths and aprons to go along with their bunting, banners and flags.

Mrs Cleary said along with the event itself, the lead-up to the rally and immeasurable after-effect of being put on the map meant huge benefits for their Ulong business.

"The moment Martin Quinn made contact regarding the rally coming to regional areas like Ulong we got so excited,"; Mrs Cleary said.

"Being an isolated town in the mountains it is difficult for businesses to operate.

"While we have excellent support from locals there is limited trade passing through the town so outside money is always a bonus.";

She said business had increased three fold even on Tuesday with people stopping in for hamburgers and coffee and among the constant string of customers was Nathan Quinn.

Along with their usual tasty tucker, a 'rally food stop' with a barbecue and coffee machine will be set up out the front.

"One of our suppliers is sending us an extra barista and we will have two coffee machines running.

"Our two-person team will swell to about 10 with six family members and a friend coming to help on the day.";

On Friday Mrs Easy's will be open from 6am to whenever the customers stop filing through the door.



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