The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

RECORD num­bers packed the Both­well Re­cre­ation Ground at the week­end to en­joy the “most suc­cess­ful” High­lands Bush­fest to date.

The agri­cul­tural show brought in around 4500 peo­ple across the two-day event, which show­cased a num­ber of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fish­ing, hunt­ing, camp­ing and four­wheel-driv­ing.

Cen­tral High­lands Mayor Lou Trif­fitt said this year’s Bush­fest was the best in the event’s five-year his­tory.

“It was a very en­joy­able week­end with ex­cel­lent at­ten­dance and the weather was per­fect,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed them­selves and the feed­back we re­ceived from many was that it was one of the best agri­cul­tural events in the state.”

Cr Trif­fitt said she ex­pected the suc­cess of this year’s event to grow Bush­fest even larger in fu­ture years.

“We can only get bet­ter and ex­pand,” she said. “There are so many things we’ve dis­cussed about bring­ing into the next one and I re­ally can’t praise the staff enough for all their hard work.”

Cr Trif­fitt said the sheep shear­ing com­pe­ti­tion was a high­light from the day among the crowd.

She also said hold­ing a python for the first time at the event was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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