Bush Festival a first for Gwydir Shire

May 22, 2013

The Wings ‘n’ Things Bush Festival, to be held over four days from October 4, is being hailed as “the first shire wide festival” by Organisation Development Director, Leeah Daley.

Mrs Daley told last week’s Community Services and Planning Committee meeting that the event is creating a lot of interest around the shire.  A number of community groups and organisations across the shire are involved in planning for the festival.

Over the four days, events will take place around the shire, including story telling, night walks, a sculpture workshop, a bush poet’s breakfast, a hen and bird show, day and twilight markets, a model aircraft display, as well as kite flying.

Bingara Librarian, Gail Philpott’s Library Group has plans to create a fairy garden in the grounds at Touriandi Lodge which will then set the scene for an afternoon tea with Touriandi’s residents.

In the weeks leading up to the festival, shire residents will be encouraged to create a scarecrow, either near their front door or at their mailbox. Judging of the scarecrows will take place at Gravesend.

Events and Promotions Co-ordinator, Tracey Carr told the Advocate that the festival organising committee is hoping that the scarecrows will be able to make their way (probably with a little assistance) to Gravesend for judging.  However, if they are not moveable, entrants in the competition will be asked to register their scarecrows for a drive by judging.

Warialda’s Carinda House volunteers are already working towards a range of hand crafted items relating to local birds. Carinda House will be open throughout the event with an historical display.