Win­ter Fes­ti­val Wrap-up

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PEO­PLE lined the streets of Tocumwal and wan­dered through the var­i­ous Win­ter Fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties at the week­end.

Tocumwal Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre tourist of­fi­cer June Mad­den said there was ‘‘peo­ple about’’ and that ev­ery­one had a great time.

Mrs Mad­den said with so many dif­fer­ent events all over the town, it was hard to gauge the num­ber of peo­ple who took ad­van­tage of the lovely weather to head to the fes­ti­val.

But she said the 230 peo­ple who made their way to Tocumwal from Sey­mour on the train was a good start in boost­ing the num­bers.

An­other 230 lo­cal peo­ple then made the re­turn trip on the train to Strath­mer­ton on Sat- ur­day, af­fec­tion­ately known as the Wizard Ex­press, she said.

In the mean­time, Tocumwal it­self was hum­ming with a fes­ti­val at­mos­phere.

‘‘There was plenty of witches and wiz­ards get­ting around and the lo­cal schools got in­volved by dec­o­rat­ing hats for the Satur­day events,’’ Mrs Mad­den said.

‘‘We had face paint­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties in the park, and there was the street pa­rade which was lead by a huge steam trac­tor.

‘‘In the me­mo­rial hall there were arts and crafts, and there was mu­sic and bush poets in the street.

‘‘Even busi­ness own­ers got into the spirit and dec­o­rated their shops.

‘‘It was won­der­ful.’’

Tocumwal put on good weather and hos­pi­tal­ity for the Win­ter Fes­ti­val, with the sun shin­ing all day Satur­day.

Sun­day’s swap meet at the race­course did have the rain to con­tend with in the af­ter­noon, how­ever, but was still well worth a visit.

Mrs Mad­den con­grat­u­lated the en­tire com­mu­nity or the ef­fort put into this year’s fes­ti­val.

She said the an­nual fes­ti­val is a much an­tic­i­pated event on the calendar, and said ideas for next year are al­ready be­ing dis­cussed.

Fash­ion witches . . . Help­ing out at the Win­ter Fes­ti­val on Satur­day were (from left) Emily Attwood, Te­nieka Love, Al­lie Harvey, Maddy Jenk­ins and Ash­lee Harvey.

Fes­ti­val fun . . . Ash­lee Harvey with clown Bill Dunn.

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