TOO often these days you hear of country towns missing out on hosting big-time events and suffering because of it.
While it can be down to cases of circumstance, there’s no doubt the hard work and attention to detail will ensure Boggabri retains its annual Drovers Campfire event.
The 13th edition of the event has seen scores of people coming from near and far to enjoy a trip down memory lane, a return to simpler times or more sub-consciously, a sublimely run event.
Year-on-year the camp has grown is size, that alone should highlight to anyone curious about the events success why this event is so popular.
However if more clarification about why the event is so successful, then it is worth breaking down what is one of the state’s if not the country’s most unique events.
From exhibitions in blacksmithing, wood turning, and a vintage fashion parade, combined with the Paws Up dog jump there is something for everyone of any age and any background.
With such variety and such strong roots to what made the Australian bush so strong, it’s little wonder why the event has claimed the silver award in the Festival and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in 2016. People hunger for a taste of the old Australian bush and Drovers Campfire provides them exactly that.
While the event is particularly popular with older Australians the amount of effort put into ensuring younger generations are also involved makes for an event with no signs of slowing down.
For organising the event, the Boggabri Lions Club deserve our applause as events like these provide not only life-long memories for us and our families, but a more than significant boost to our local economies.
A lot of effort goes into making these events a success and for that all of those involved should be congratulated and applauded. The beauty of our region is that the applause given won’t be short-lived as our busy community braces itself to host several more marquee events in the coming months. August will see AgQuip makes its mark and its crowd of visitors return to Gunnedah for what already promises to be a memorable three days.
Closely following that we will catch our breath before preparing to host the Campervan and MotorHome Club Australia annual rally in October and the first ever Energy, Innovation and Mining expo in Novemeber.
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