Variety of events planned for Wings ‘n Things Bird and Bush Festival

August 7, 2013

This October 4 to 7, Gwydir Shire Council presents “Wings ‘n Things Bird and Bush Festival”.

“Wings ‘n Things” is a celebration of the amazing abundance of bird species throughout Gwydir Shire. Gwydir offers an incredible experience to bird watchers, from the amateur to the passionate and purists. It is also an opportunity to showcase everything unique and beautiful in Gwydir, from the picturesque scenery to the towns and villages, and the people.

One of the most common comments heard in the Visitor Information Centres is that “everyone says hello” “Everyone is so friendly here” and that is the real beauty of Gwydir Shire. People are warm, friendly and welcome visitors with a genuine smile.

It seemed like a natural fit to use our abundant birdlife to bring visitors to Gwydir Shire and turn it into an experience they will never forget.

With this in mind, Gwydir Shire Council advertised for interested persons and community groups to attend stakeholder meetings and share ideas for events they could run in conjunction with a birding weekend.

The result is a weekend full of fantastic activities that offers something for everyone, run almost entirely by community members and groups, including an all ages family show at the Roxy, the “Galah” Dinner hosted by Vision 20/20, the Coolatai Crafty Ladies Quilt and Crafts Display, a Bush Poets Breakfast at Cranky Rock, Kite and Lantern Flying afternoon at Warialda Rail, photography competitions, exhibitions and so much more.

The major event running throughout Gwydir Shire is the Scarecrow Competition and Exhibition, which offers everyone the opportunity to be involved in the festival, as well as create a spectacle of scarecrows to encourage visitors to stop, take pictures, ask questions and, most importantly, linger a little longer in Gwydir Shire.

It could not be easier to participate. Gather your materials, set aside a weekend and let your creativity run wild. Once completed, put your scarecrow on display! Fix it to your mailbox, put it on the patio or veranda, give it pride of place in your front yard, just make sure you have it on display for everyone to see.

Judging for the competition will take place on Sunday 6th at the Gravesend Park (bring your scarecrow along) and will form part of a family day with fun activities including lunch, gate prizes for the kids and LOTS of scarecrows. Don’t worry if your scarecrow is too big to transport or you can’t make it to the judging, entries can be registered to be judged in place with a registration form which will be available soon.

The Bingara Men’s Shed are designing a free standing base that will be available to purchase for anyone requiring one. There is information on the Wings ‘n Things website on how to build your scarecrow, as well as lots of interesting “chatterings” and updates on the festival.