TroutFest showcases our town

Art amongst the vintage cars proved popular
19th Oct 2021

Despite strong and icy winds, visitors were not deterred from enjoying themselves on Saturday and Sunday at any of the TroutFest events. TroutFest organiser Lynne Chapman said that both market venues saw good crowds from destinations far and wide.
“Surprisingly, Saturday was the biggest day for the open gardens,” Lynne said. “The Art amongst the vintage cars was a real highlight for visitors and locals alike and the train trolley seemed to be full every time it ran. Children got into the activities around the shops and all prizes were claimed.”
“It was a trying time for the Guyra Anglers Club running the oversubscribed fishing lessons for youngsters, but they rose to the occasion magnificently once the venue was changed to the shelter of the bowling club greens.
“There was many an excited child who caught a trout on the day and on Sunday the enthusiasm continued with many youngsters arriving early to try their skills in the well-stocked 10th dam,” Lynne said.
“We are sorry we were unable to cater for more children and there were enquiries still coming in on the day so we are looking into this for next time.
“Sunday was kinder weather-wise and there was a steady stream of visitors at the art venues and the gardens all day.
“The TroutFest committee would like to thank Art judge Lloyd Hornsby and photography judge Kristy Hammond. Winners were Meryl Zuill (acrylics), Michelle Murray (collage), Jamie Jones (photography), Anne Hazelwood Glen Innes (water colours), and Dorothy Aylward Glen Innes (Drawing).
Hugh Shipman received a highly commended in the photography and Dorothy Aylward received a highly commended in the water-colours category.
“Huge thanks to our two avid gardeners Tony Duke and David Kanaley who put in a tremendous amount of work to prepare their gardens for the weekend.
“As always the gardens are a highlight of the TroutFest weekend and we are so fortunate to have two such generous people in our Guyra community. From all accounts, the new community garden at the Hub drew much interest as well and the children’s art made a very colourful display. The response seems to have been overwhelming.
“It’s impossible to thank everyone who contributed to the festival. A few are art sponsors June and Neil Paine, Dorothy Vickery, Graham Newton, Guyra Bowling Club, Art judges and artists, many volunteers from Rotary, Lions and Garden Clubs, both CWA groups, Guyra Anglers, private individuals, stallholders, our Art venues and every TroutFest committee member who put in many hours before, during and after. Together Guyra we make a great team! Thanks.”
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