Event of the year

WINGHAM'S Akoostic Festival was named the Greater Taree Community Event of the Year at the Australia Day celebrations held at the Manning Entertainment Centre.

The festival, held last October at the Wingham Showground, won from two other nominations. They were the MAX FM Christmas Train and the Manning Valley Schools Spectacular, promoted by the area's Rotary Clubs.

Donna Ballard accepted the award on behalf of the organising committee.

"It's about getting out there and doing something,'' a delighted Mrs Ballard told the crowd.

"We're hoping to put on an event that will attract people to the valley. Hopefully some might decide to move here in the future.''

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