Scarecrows and art at the 2018 Killabakh Day in the Country

Despite a breezy start to the day, thousands of visitors streamed into the tiny village of Killabakh on Saturday September 1 to enjoy the 2018 Day in the Country.

Visitors travelled from as far afield as Sydney and Newcastle and up and down the coast to attend and what better way to enjoy the first day of spring than with all the fun of the fair.

More than 60 stalls were on offer plus the kids fun zone, an art show, demonstrations and all-day entertainment. 

Stallholders reported an excellent day with visitors purchasing everything from antiques and old wares to handmade products, plants, books and clothing.

A highlight was the scarecrow competition, now in its third year, attracting an interesting range of fantastic creations which greeted visitors as they arrived. 

Bunnings Taree donated gift vouchers for the section winners with complex manager, Scott Burns attending and Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead on hand to do the judging honours.

The 70th birthday of the iconic Holden car was celebrated with a display of vintage vehicles spanning the decades and author Joel Wakely attended, selling and signing copies of his book A Passion for Holden.

The all-day entertainment provided by the Red Cedar Band and The Workshop proved a big hit with visitors relaxing on the hay bales, enjoying a refreshment and soaking up the country atmosphere. 

The new multi-purpose entertainment shed was also given a big thumbs up.

The annual art show drew many favourable reviews, the Killabakh Kitchen, the Killabakh Café and the barbecue all kept the customers happy with their yummy food.

“On behalf of the organising committee, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the section heads, members of the Killabakh community, our many friends and the thousands of visitors who ventured up to Killabakh on Saturday”, George Hoad, one of the event coordinators said. 

“An enormous amount of time and effort goes into the planning of such an event and, as always, the community members rallied to make it another fantastic and memorable ‘Day in the Country’”.

All profits from the day are used to maintain and upgrade the Killabakh Hall and its surrounds, the much loved and well used ‘heart’ of the community.