Boggabri woke to blue skies on Saturday – perfect weather for the spring fair and food festival.
The CBD was closed to traffic and stall holders set-up shop in Merton Street, selling everything from jewellery to baby clothes to reclaimed metal art work and craft.
Visitors came from Narrabri, Gunnedah and Gulgong for the annual event, which is hosted by the Boggabri and Community Progress Association.
The association’s Donna Turner said it was a great day.
“We had a lot of visitors,” she said.
“Some of the mine employees brought their wives up for the weekend to show them what it was like.
“There was a great variety of food stalls and having the area set-up with the shade and everything for them to eat at. They thought that was a really good idea because they could sample the food and sit there in the shade and enjoy it.”
The fair also marked the official opening of the new Art Shed, next to Boggabri Hardware and Rural Supplies.
It was a vision realised for hardware owner Jo Bell who wanted to create a space for artistic works to be exhibited. Artist Tammey McAllan, photographer Dave Chappell and the Men’s Shed all had works on display on Saturday.
Ms McAllan said Roger Hollingworth cut the ribbon.
“He put so much work into that shed we thought we'd let him do the honours,” she said.
“It was really quite special.”
Ms McAllan said the fair was a great way to launch the shed and brought “new faces to the town”.
“I'm actually surprised how many people I had through [the shed] and I ended up giving away a piece of my artwork to a girl from Baan Baa, so that was pretty exciting,” she said.
“We got so much positive feedback on having the art shed there.”