Winter Festival Wrap-up
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.