Fringe Festival a huge success
“BEYOND our wildest most positive expectations,” is how Kyogle Fringe Festival co-ordinator Suzie Coulston is describing the weekend.
The festival, held to coincide with the Repco Rally, attracted a crowd of about 3000 into Kyogle's CBD for Sunday's street party.
“About 70 per cent of them were from out of town,” Ms Coulston said.
Ms Coulston said the festival would have a flow-on affect with many of the visitors expected to return to the area for holidays.
Local charities also cashed in on the rally with Kyogle Lions Club raising more than $10,000.
“We worked hard for it,” Lions Club president Bob Scarborough said.
The Lions Club, assisted by the Ulysses Club, parked cars at the Hillyards Road and West Wiangaree stages of the rally.
They also held barbecues, and sold scones and coffee.
Mr Scarborough said it was hoped the money raised would be used to buy a dialysis machine for Kyogle Hospital.
“Everyone had a fabulous weekend,” Ms Coulston said.
Kyogle Bakery and other food outlets in the town reported a massive rise in turnover during the weekend.
Ms Coulston said the chamber would be looking at whether the festival could be held annually.
They will also be looking at the figures over the next few days to establish whether the event ran at a loss.
A lack of support for the ball and a shortfall in numbers at the campsite may have caused a budget deficit.