Young and old were having a whale of a time on the first full day of the Guyra TroutFest – lots of finny fun, ecod!
The Guyra Bowling Club was thronged with stallholders selling arts and crafts (including handmade clocks like curio cases, carved books, and jewellery) and produce (including, of course, trout).
Glen Innes-based Indigenous artist Lloyd Gawura Horsnby taught kids how to make boomerangs, while both children and adults could try their hand at the video game simulator.
The market day was originally planned to be held in Bradley Street, but was moved into the Guyra Bowling Club, due to fear of rain.
Wet weather held off, and it was a sunny, slightly overcast morning – ideal for fishing. Nothing to put a damper on the festivities.
Kids learnt how to fish at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon. Handling fish might be "gross” – but they'd definitely do it again. You might say they were hooked.
Adults fished in dams, trout-streams, and other local water spots. Prizes for the angling competition will be announced at the Bowling Club on Sunday from 5pm onwards.
Further down the street, visitors can see the Craft and Quilt Show, at 124 Bradley Street, full of rich colours and patterns. Open Sunday until 4pm and Monday until 2pm. Gold coin donation, with profits going to the New England Wigs and Headwear Library.
Not to be missed, either, is the art expo at Caffiends, open Sunday and Monday until 2pm. Both show the talent of locals.
Two gardens are open to the public tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. David Kalaney's "Rosewood”, 34 Robinson’s Lane, and Tony Duke’s “Roseville” garden – in Llangothlin Street, just past Tuckeys Lane. Garden entry is $5 / garden, for local charities.
Porcelain and vinyl dolls and thousands of model cars in three scales were on display at Bernie and Lorna Brazier’s house, 20 Sole Street, on Saturday only.
A train also ran today from the playground in Bradley Street to the old railway platform, where visitors were taken on guided tours of the station’s antique and historical displays.