Tara fully strung to festive tune before Festival kicks off
AFTER an agonising wait, the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races kicks - or perhaps, hoofs - off tomorrow and the excited atmosphere in town is already palpable.
This week festival-goers began arriving in Tara from all across Australia, some of whom have been anticipating the event since the last one wrapped up two years ago and some of whom only found out about the festival the week before.
In addition to the considerable influx of people along the street, the festive feeling is further added to by the camel-esque makeover curtesy of Western Downs' artist Graeme McCullough, who has painted the shop windows of local businesses.
Tara's showgrounds and, in fact, just about any patch of grass has been claimed by campers, as the outskirts of town slowly turns into something more akin to a caravan display village.
Among the campers and grey nomads who have travelled huge distances to Tara for the famous camel races are Chris and Mossy Jones, all the way from Tasmania.
The Joneses, who have been in town since the beginning of the week, were already full of praise for the small town they were delighted to call home for the next week.
"The shop keepers are very, very nice," Mrs Jones said.
"I'm amazed by the quality of the fruit and veggies here," Mr Jones added.
"You often expect things to be second class in small places but the produce here is better than anything you'd find on the coast and so much cheaper.
"The food is an absolute credit to the shop holders."
The Joneses said all the campers had quickly struck up friendships and had already begun nightly "happy hours", where they all gathered around the fire with instruments or whatever else came to hand.
"The other night someone was playing the spoons," the couple said.
The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races starts tomorrow and runs through until Sunday.
The Festival's Official 2015 program can be downloaded from the Tara Festival website on http://www.tarafestivalncamels.org.au/festival-program/
Or picked up from the Tara Festival information centre in Tara.