Warialda Honey Festival a sweet success

Warialda was hive of activity on Saturday as locals and visitors gathered at the recreation ground to celebrate the sweet, annual honey festival.

The new location, stall layout and date change from October to March was a success as festival-goers buzzed around happily all day.

Committee member Nikki Adams said having stall holders in a row created a fantastic country-market feel to the day.

"Everyone was wandering around and could stop to have a chat without getting in the way of anyone else. We also had a marquee over the main stage and added honey-themed decorations around," she said.

Children of all ages took advantage of the generous $10 jump-all-day price on the kid's zone. There was a jousting ring, mechanical bull, giant slide, tropical slide, jumping castle and sumo suits.

Nikki said borrowed toys from the toy library were a hit with younger kids.

Nick King's Lifestyle Centre held a demonstration to promote their Wednesday classes in Warialda and Delungra.

"Adam Marshall kicked off our gumboot throwing competition which was really popular. Kids, wives and even our naming rights sponsors Regional Australia Bank had a throw," she said.

The day was not short of live entertainment with local boy Jack Digby taking the stage followed by students of St Joseph's Catholic School who sang the Aboriginal version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'.

Tamworth based band, Splashpool, was the headlining entertainment and were exceptional to listen to, according to Nikki.

Warialda Stalwart, David Conway, was presented with the Fay Honour Busy Bee Perpetual Trophy later on in the day.

"David has been instrumental in developing and continuing the men's health night in Warialda each year. He's done a lot for the local community, being involved in football, the show society, tourism and he is always happy to lend a hand.

"He's a man who isn't often lost for words but on Saturday, David was lost for words. He is a very humble person."

Next year, Nikki said the committee will focus on showcasing more of the Warialda community, hopefully adding more bee information and a speaker.