Guyra's fourth TroutFest was up to last year's standard, despite the drought and a limited budget, festival co-ordinator Lynne Chapman believes.
"Our aim is to bring people to Guyra to boost our local economy, and to put Guyra on the map as a trout fishing destination," Mrs Chapman said.
"This year we did everything on a very tight budget, as we did not want to ask anyone for donations or sponsorship, given the drought and tough financial times for everyone. In the circumstances, our committee is thrilled with what we achieved with such limited resources."
The fishing competition was cancelled this year, due to the drought - but people have fished all weekend, and caught at least four trout, Mrs Chapman said.
Friday's children's clinic at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon was not just popular, but over-subscribed. "We are looking at running two clinics over two days for next year," Mrs Chapman said.
An estimated 800 people came to the markets at the Bowling Club on Saturday, with stalls, food, live music, jumping castles, and mini-golf.
Children hunted for hidden fish around the venue and in retail outlets to win prizes. "The kids' fishing raffle was tremendously popular," Mrs Chapman said. The winner was Zac Jones, from Guyra.
Visitors could check out the colourful Quilts and Craft Show and Art Expo at the RSL Hall in Bradley Street. Attendances were great from hearsay, Mrs Chapman said, and a number of paintings were sold.
Guyra resident Danae Batt was awarded the People's Choice for her picture "Cameron at the Creek". This was the first time she had exhibited in Guyra, Mrs Chapman said. Another local artist, Kay Smith, won second prize. The Guyra Lions Club sponsored both prizes.
Guided tours of the old Arcadian Theatre were popular, Mrs Chapman said; at one point, organisers ran three tours at once. The Guyra Historical Museum was also open, and very busy on Sunday.
Saturday night ended with Rob Day's comedy, music, and didgeridoo show. Mrs Chapman said she wished more people came, but everyone there enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
Sunday's car boot sale in the Bowling Club car park was new this year - and another success. People came from Armidale to buy bric-a-brac, yarn fabric, gym mats and balls, crockery, ready made curtains, one-off new shoes and clothes, a chaise lounge, mirrors, books, a fold-up cot, and a pool motor.
"The range of goods there was just amazing," Mrs Chapman said. "It was all really good quality stuff, not junk."
Next year, it might be combined with the market day.
"We're always open for suggestions for new ideas, and ways to improve," Mrs Chapman said.
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