THE Festival of the Fleeces opened on the Friday night with the Fashions of the Fleece parade.
This again proved to be very popular and plans are underway to expand the fashion parade for next year’s opening night.
The ever-popular festival grand parade with over 50 float entrants followed the running of the sheep with their distinctive “red socks”.
The 105 stalls selling their goods with food outlets such as Tac Towns, Cockies Joy and Damper helped warm the hearts of our visitors.
Local identity Lenore Taylor who organised the ‘Hanging of the Quilts’ had over 300 attend the display of 145 quality quilts.
Lenore kindly donated 35 quilts donated to the Ronald MacDonald House, Tamworth, and 12 small quilts, bonnets and booties donated to John Hunter Hospital.
The Poets Breakfast on the Sunday has expanded in its popularity attracting many local and interstate competitors.
Renowned poet Robyn Sykes compered the event with the Australian Bush Poets champion Rhonda Tallnash winning the top prize for the best presented original poem, The Shirt.
Local identities Kevin Adams, Arthur Wright and Tina Taylor all provided quality entertainment.
Ray Essery’s poem Warm Spot in Bed was enjoyed by the audience.
With the Festival of the Fleeces event over we can look forward to the next major event - The Aberdeen Highland Games, which will be held this Saturday, July 2, at Jefferson Park, Aberdeen.
As with all of the four major events in the shire, these Games have continued to grow in popularity and attendance.
THE official welcome and flag raising ceremony will be held on July 4 at the front of the Upper Hunter Shire Council Administration building in Scone.
This ceremony will provide the opportunity to enjoy our cultural diversity with a performance by the Wakagetti dance group, followed by story-telling and craft activities at the Scone Library.
LAST Thursday night was the St Vincent de Paul annual CEO Sleepout to highlight the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves who live it rough and are homeless.
This is an ongoing problem in our society with no easy fix to this issue.
Our mayor and general manager participated in the Sleepout to raise funds for this worthy cause.
THE recent weather cold snap which provided the first real snow fall for the season has proved to be very popular attracting many to the higher country to enjoy the scenery and fun in the snow.
It looks like being a great season for the snow enthusiast, however there were several incidents on the Barrington Tops over the weekend and people should take great care before deciding to make the trek to the top as the road can be quite treacherous at times.
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