Kyogle keen to resurrect its festival
By NERIDA BLOK
IF PATSY NAGAS gets her wish, Kyogle's Fairymount Festival will return this year.
However, she needs community helpers to make it happen.
As the festival's president, Ms Nagas, who is also a Kyogle Shire councillor, said it was a lack of interest which led to the cancellation of last year's three-day event.
This year, Ms Nagas is positive an organising committee, with enough volunteers, can be formed to get things rolling again.
"There were only seven volunteers last year," she said. "This year we are hoping to get 10 to 12 on the committee alone so we can recruit other volunteers."
Ms Nagas said this year they also hoped to gain sponsorship and put on a street parade.
"I also hope to bring back the Fairymount Festival Queen," she said.
"There also would be street stalls, a best-dressed shop and the official Fairymount dinner.
"But it all comes back to how the committee feels about extending the festival program."
Ms Nagas said it would be also up to the organising committee to decide when the festival would be held.
"I'm hoping for November," she said.
"It was just getting too cold in August when we normally had it."
The Fairymount Festival started 37 years ago as a dairy festival.
"This was a strong milking area," Ms Nagas said.
Ms Nagas was hoping to form the basis of a committee at a meeting held last night at the Kyogle Bowling Club.
She said youth workers from Kyogle Youth Centre had shown interest.
"They're interested in having a skate park," she said. "And I'm also hoping to incorporate a mini music festival."
Community members keen to help organise this year's festival are encouraged to contact Ms Nagas on 6632 1056.