Ready, set, mow

The inaugural Mower Mardi Gras proved a major highlight of the Wollombi Small Farms Fair held over the weekend.

On Sunday dozens of creative entries paraded past the famed Wollombi Tavern and around the fairground, with many locals donning their finest dress ups and decorating their ride on mowers for a unique and memorable parade of mower pride.

The parade was then culminated with a blessing of the mowers, performed by local pastor Fr. Graham Jackson.

Event organiser Veronica Chambers said that there was record breaking crowd numbers over both days with exhibitor participation well up from last year.

Another highlight from the event was the Lantern Parade that took place on Saturday evening.

The parade was officially opened by Cessnock councillor Allan Stapleford, with more than 150 students from Wollombi, Laguna and Millfield primary schools contributing.

“It was a mesmerising procession of candlelit paper lanterns through the main street,” Ms. Chambers said.

Now in its fifth year, the Wollombi Small Farms Fair continues to grow as one of the premier NSW small farm events.

Ms. Chambers said that the committee hopes the event will return even bigger and better in 2014, with many exhibitors already committed to return for next year’s event.

View more photos from the fair in our gallery.

BLESSED: Fr. Graham Jackson performs the Blessing of the Mowers following the Mower Mardi Gras at Wollombi on Sunday.

BLESSED: Fr. Graham Jackson performs the Blessing of the Mowers following the Mower Mardi Gras at Wollombi on Sunday.

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