SMILING faces, bright colours and, of course, plenty of horses.
The Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival has already put on quite a show.
It all started at the Festival Ball on Friday, with more than 100 people dressing up for the occasion in Scone Sporties.
Those in attendance included mayor Wayne Bedggood, members of the horse festival committee, and the local community.
Live music was provided by The Crippled Chickens as the crowd danced the night away.
The iconic horse parade on Saturday then provided an opportunity for participants to embrace the colourful and dynamic Rio theme.
Some of the events on the same day included the Scone Grammar School’s Fete and Markets, equestrian vaulting, and the charity rodeo.
Despite all the action so far, the 11-day festival is not slowing down.
The prestigious Scone Cup carnival starts on Friday, and a fireworks finale follows on Sunday at Lake Glenbawn.
Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival president Lee Watts said it was terrific to receive positive feedback, particularly from the horse parade.
“It is so good to see the hard work of a very small and dedicated committee come together on the day,” she said.
“Feedback on the parade has been great, the theme gave the floats and costume lots of colour and music.
“The samba dancers certainly were a highlight for many but I really enjoyed watching the entire town, locals and visitors, come together to enjoy a spectacular event that had something for everyone.
“Now as we head towards the end of the week there is much talk around the Scone Cup.
“This is a fantastic event that brings thousands of people to the area. You may or may not be a race goer but the event offers everyone an opportunity to dress up and be a part of the day.”
The fireworks finale will then offer entertainment and amusements for the kids.
Access to the dam is $5 per car.
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