Huge Tara festival smashes attendance record
IT was by far the biggest we've ever had.
That was the response from Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races president Richard Thornbury, when asked for his thoughts on this year's event.
Word of mouth had clearly worked its magic, and combined with perfect weather, resulted in huge crowds from Friday to Sunday.
"It'll take us a while to work out exact figures, but I estimate between 13-14,000 came through the gates over the three days," Mr Thornbury said.
"There were probably about 900 caravans as well," he said.
There was simply something for everyone to enjoy, from camel rides to top-of-the-range cuisine and world-class entertainment.
Helicopter joy flights also proved popular this year.
Mr Thornbury said some visitors travelled from as far as South Australia just to attend the festival.
"It was very successful, people came from all over the place," he said.
Tara Commercial Hotel publican Tracey Brauer described the event as an "uplifting festival".
"We would have had close to one of our biggest days of the year on Friday," Ms Brauer said.
"It's just wonderful what happens to the town over the weekend," she said.