THE new venue for the 2013 Wingham Akoostik Festival proved to be a winner.
Event coordinator Donna Ballard is still on a high after the success of the three-day event at Wingham Showground.
With more than 2000 people through the gates Donna said it was a resounding success.
The Friday night opening with a mass choir performance was a surprise hit.
The choir workshops with Rachel Hore attracted 150 people including entire choirs from Port Macquarie and Forster.
The golf day was also well attended with 43 people playing and the Wingham Golf Club was happy with the boost to takings at the bar.
Saturday was a big day for festival goers and by far the busiest. The gates opened at 8.30am and the crowds soon began spilling into the showgrounds.
With the Wingham Show Society taking care of the canteen and bar, Akoostik volunteers (58 in total) were able to attend to other tasks to keep the whole operation well oiled and relatively on time. With an abundance of music and sunshine, the audience was also treated to belly dancing and circus performances.
Families relaxed and children played happily, many with creatively applied face paint.
Saturday night headliners Jenny Morris and Wendy Mathews played under a full moon to a most receptive crowd.
Bent on Food held a tie-in event with Brendan Gallagher playing his second set of the day at the cafe and from all reports this 'dinner' was enjoyed by many well into the night.
Forty five campsites were filled that night and on Sunday a diverse range of artists performed to a laid back crowd.
Laura Zarb cleaned up at the merchandise stand selling the most CDs.
Donna said she is most thankful to all the volunteers and support of the community.
She has been inundated with emails and positive comments on Facebook and said she is re-energised to do it all again next year.