Festival back after two years

17th Jan 2023

The 2023 Lamb and Potato Festival has been blessed with nice weather, with no showers to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. After a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, organisers were unsure how the festival would unfold. Any doubts were quickly dispelled on opening day with visitors calling in as if nothing had really changed according to Committee President Steve Mepham.
“We have had a lot of visitors by the numbers going through gazebo and I can confidentally say we are ahead of pre Covid numbers,” Steve said.
“To be honest we were surprised that it has bounced back so well. The stall holders are doing nicely to this point and if weather holds they will be more than happy.”
”There are fewer stalls this year due to the impact of Covid which caused the closure of some business while others have retired.
“We have been able to replace some with weekenders, who can’t do the full twelve days but will fill up the empty spaces on the weekends.”
“It is also great to see that it is abuzz not just on the highway but also down Bradley Street with businesses reporting that they have been very busy as well.
“There are some wonderful things happening in main street with businesses such as Burgess Garage Car Museum being open, the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame with some special events and the CWA Art Show. Other businesses are reporting they are being kept busy which is really good to see.
“This weekend will be even bigger with the model trains, car show and shine and antique machinery all happening so there will be plenty to see and do.”

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