All is sweet for Warialda festival

November 8, 2010

The town of Warialda will be buzzing when it hosts its third annual Honey Festival later this month.

To be held on Saturday November 20, the event will feature a traditional parade with lots of bee-themed floats, entertainment from local artists and schools, 50 market stalls, antique vehicle displays and a monster raffle. 

The festival begins at 9 am and runs through to 5 pm, in Hope and Stephen Streets.

With most of the proceeds from the event going to the local community, it is hoped the auction of a Don Bradman poster will fetch some much needed funds.

Helicopter joy flights from Precision Helicopters will be on offer for $60.00 for a seven-minute flight (weather permitting).

Festival organiser Nola Bayliss said the Festival had grown remarkably in just three years and she looked forward to an even bigger crowd this year.

“We’re hoping for around 1200 people and we’re also hoping the day won’t be quite as hot as last year,” Ms Bayliss said.“It really is a wonderful day out and everyone is welcome.”

Warialda actually means “place of wild honey” and is home to an abundant population of the Tumbledown Gum (Angophora costata), which provides plenty of pollen for the local bees.

Local organisations to benefit from previous festivals have included Warialda Primary and High Schools, St Joseph Primary School, Warialda Pre-School, Warialda Playgroup and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The Honey Festival is generously sponsored by Gwydir Shire Council, New England Mutual, Country Energy, Warialda Autotek, Jkat pastoral and various community members.