Rosie Smith, organiser of the 2019 Envirofair, said there was a "real buzz" at the event, held on Saturday June 8.
"It was a happy, happy day - a really good atmosphere," Rosie said.
"I keep getting feedback that it was the best one ever, in terms of numbers and stalls that we had. Attendance was just off the charts."
"We ran out of food!"
Rosie said she has noticed a "tide change", with people wanting to educate themselves.
"That's the feedback I'm getting from all the stalls, that there is a push that we want to help sustain the local businesses that are in the region," she said. "It's really bouying at the moment, there's like a turn in the community wanting to do more, a shift in consciousness."
Regardless of whether you believe in climate change or not, there is nothing wrong with looking after the ground on which we walk and having good soil - a good earth around us.Rosie Smith
Stallholders were kept busy the entire day until attendance started to wain a little mid afternoon.
"The things that really boosted this year were the talks from the next generation of young people that are coming through who really are motivated to educate people and want to live that lifestyle, too, so they walk the talk," Rosie said.
"It was a really good year in terms of education and sustainability, and in a really commonsense way," she said.
Another big drawcard was the tiny home made from recycled materials.
"That created a mad buzz," Rosie said.
Although rubbish and recycling bins were available to attendees and stallholders, they did not even get close to being filled. Stallholders selling food and drink used recyclable or reusable materials where possible. Hot drinks were provided in mugs, and washing up stations were at the stalls so people could rinse and wash their cups after use.
Rosie was keen to thank council and JR Richards for their support.
"We had amazing support from Annette James, she was just sensational. The council staff did the best ever job cleaning the area before - the park has never been so clean before an event."
In fact, it probably had never been so clean after an event, either. That afternoon, after the crowds had gone and the stallholders packed up, you couldn't tell there had been a big event there that day.
The team from Manning Regional Art Gallery also came in for some praise. A feature of this year's Envirofair was the Reimagined Waste art competition displayed at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. Local schools were enganged to enter exhibits.
"One of the prizes was a disco at your school that you could use as a fundraiser, which the Taree District Preschool ended up winning. So they'll be doing like a 3pm-5pm disco," Rosie laughed.
"That was a good partnership that's started (with the Art Gallery), and we've already built on ideas for that next year. They were just so supportive, it was awesome.
Plans have already started for next year's Envirofair.
"There's really big talks about what we're going to do next year. We're going to reinstate the non-conventional homes tour on a Sunday, and add gardens, but we're just going to do it in a cluster and smaller area. We'll bring in alternative building again, because that was a big thing that used to happen, too - like mud brick displays for instance," Rosie said.
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