THE Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival drew a large crowd on Saturday, and organisers deemed it a fantastic day.
From the start organisers had big plans for the festival’s 20th annual year, and they weren’t disappointed, with more than 100 market stalls and a huge range of food, drink, and entertainment on offer.
Throughout the day the weather became rather hot, but for many returning festival goers the general view was that it was much more manageable than the previous year.
Wild weather in the days leading up to the festival provided a few anxious moments as volunteers had to cram a few days worth of setting up into just one. However, in the end everything was fine, with the spacious festival grounds allowing people to walk around at their leisure.
Organising committee president Ross Barclay spoke to the Portland Observer yesterday and said everything ran smoothly on the day, and it had been deemed a great success.
“The atmosphere was awesome and there was a healthy crowd with numbers up on the year before. Everyone enjoyed themselves and was well behaved,” he said.
“At times it was a little bit hot, but in certain areas you could be comfortable, after last year’s heat anything was going to be better.”
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.