FAMILIES from Scone and throughout regional NSW were geed up at Inland Waters Holiday Parks (IWHP) Lake Glenbawn last Sunday, with the finale event of the 2017 Scone Horse Festival proving to be a jam-packed program.
Record crowds in attendance at the Scone McDonald’s Picnic by the Lake and Fireworks Grand Finale saw horse fans of all ages gather at Lake Glenbawn for an afternoon of entertainment and family fun.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen expressed his congratulations to both the Lake Glenbawn park and to festival organisers for a great experience.
“Lake Glenbawn is a jewel in the tourism crown of the Upper Hunter and it's wonderful to see such a successful and fitting finale to another successful Scone Horse Festival,” he said.
Event organiser Mandy Kennedy passed on her thanks to the Lake Glenbawn team and Scone McDonald’s for their support on the day, as well as Scone Fire Station and Scone SES Unit.
“With stallholders fundraising for their local community groups and preferred charities it was amazing to see so many people coming to Lake Glenbawn for such a good cause,” she said.
“Kids loved the merry-go-round, laser tag and jumping castle and the crowds were entertained by a spectacular performance from our fire dancers in the evening and of course the magnificent fireworks display to finish the day.
“These festivities are only possible due to the outreach of local businesses and organisations such as IWHP Lake Glenbawn as their support allows us to have an impact on promoting what makes the town of Scone truly unique.”
IWHP Lake Glenbawn manager Mark Martin said the afternoon was a great success with people coming from far and wide and to enjoy everything the park has to offer.
“The Scone Horse Festival is a major event for the area and we are proud that such an important regional event could be held at the park for the local community to enjoy,” he said.
“We will continue to encourage more local events like this important annual festival to take place within the grounds of Lake Glenbawn.”
IWHP Lake Glenbawn is part of the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT), which has a strong focus on invigorating the local communities in which its 36 parks are located.
NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds said providing Lake Glenbawn as a venue was a sign of the Trust’s continued commitment to showcasing idyllic locations across NSW.
“As an organisation our mission is to transform traditional camping and caravanning parks into unique locations that meet both the accommodation and recreational needs of families from all walks of life,” he said.
“Holding events such as the Scone Horse Festival at our parks allows us to play a role in energising the regional areas in which our parks are located while also demonstrating the significant role the Trust plays in such communities.
“I extend my congratulations to the organisers of the 2017 Scone Horse Festival and look forward to seeing what the program has in store for next year.”