PREPARATION is at full steam as the committee for this year’s Deepwater Scarecrow and Wool Festival put the finishing touches on the looming event.
Four of the organisation team dropped by Tenterfield last week to start word of mouth for the early November festival – dressed appropriately as scarecrows.
“It’s been brilliant so far – we’re well on track,” Sharyn Rhodes said.
“It is just getting bigger and better each year.”
While it’s been reduced to a single day festival, organisers are adamant it’s better for everyone.
“People in Tenterfield and Glen Innes have been just amazing – we really need to thank them.
“We’re still loving it, still happy – we keep getting dressed up and going out as fools… some say it suits us,” Sharyn says.
The festival is marketed as a ‘free family and community oriented event’.
It’s proved popular in recent years with hordes of families from right across the region flocking to the tiny community.
Several years into existence and the festival is always keen to bring something unique to the table.
Attendees can experience scarecrow creations, fine wool fleece, wool spinning demonstrations and get a history lesson with displays showcasing Deepwater’s 170-plus years of existence.
The main venue is at the oval where visitors will be thoroughly entertained with shearing demonstrations, woolly games for all the family, sheep displays, music, dancing, face painting and much more.
This year the group are fundraising to try erect a permanent structure at the oval for future events.
Last year’s wild weather dampened the grounds but not spirits. However, the organisers are eager to find a better solution for the sake of the festivals future.
“Fundraising is going well but we still need more help,” Sharyn said.
To find out more about the November 7 event visit: deepwaterscarecrowandwoolfestival.webs.com