The stars aligned for Grenfell's best Henry Lawson Festival ever.
"It was a brilliant year, one of our best ever," Grenfell Tourism and Promotions officer Auburn Carr said on Tuesday during an informal get together with Festival chair person Alan Griffiths and secretary Pene Starr.
"It was just a really positive year, the weather was favourable, all the stars aligned," Ms Carr said.
"The arts and sculpture sales were up," Mr Griffith said.
"Stall income was also up," Ms Carr said.
"The positive comments that we received this year were just amazing," Ms Starr added.
"We had street stall holders, guys from out of town who were very positive about the weekend.
"One said it was the best weekend he has had anywhere.
"He raved about the procession, made comments in general about the crowd, the organisation of the festival.
With Grenfell's entre Main Street closed for the first time ever this year the procession was an even bigger feature and was well received by all.
"There were some terrific floats," Ms Carr said.
"Lots of effort was put it in, the snow dome was also a great feature this year," she said.
The car show held in conjunction with the festival was also praised.
"It was the best ever," Mr Griffiths said, "with 120 cars and 82 entries".
"The petting zoo at the Albion Hotel was also a hit," Ms Carr added.
"There was a good crowd at the poetry on Sunday morning."
"And I spoke to someone who went out to Iandra Castle who said there were thousands of people there," Ms Starr said.
Chad White was crowned Festival King and Tara Anderson was announced as the Festival Charity Queen.
Collectively the King and Queen entrants raised approximately $17,000.
A highlight of the weekend was the presentation of the Weddin Shire Arts award to Grenfell Commodities.
The Award has not been presented in over 10 years, however this year was presented to the team from Grenfell Commodities after they privately commissioned Melbourne based artist Heesco to transform 4 silos into a canvas for Grenfell's largest artwork.
The silo mural is a compilation of images representing the contemporary farming industry and landscape of the Weddin Shire.
The artwork is an adaption of photographs taken by locally renowned photographer Denise Yates of Five Hours West. Images of the birds were supplied by local ornithophile, Jenn Graham.
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