Tara Festival of Culture and Camels was held from 2 to 4 August. Beginning as a small event to put the town of Tara on the map back in 2001, the inaugural event, attracted 950 visitors. “This year’s festival has surprised even us all,” admits Festival President Linda Petersen. “We had people coming from all over Australia, from Karumba, Charters Towers, Casino, Ballina, Sydney, Melbourne and a lot of places in between, plus a few from overseas, including New Guinea, Singapore and New Zealand.” Festival highlights included an extravaganza of live entertainment and multicultural entertainment, including Showtime FMX motorbike stunt shows, Bollywood dancing workshops, the celtic rock band Murphy’s Pigs, Japanese drummers, African dancers, Cuban dancers, a Spanish Mariachi Band, sheep shearing, camp oven cooking, whip cracking, yabby races, chainsaw sculpting, bush poetry, camel rides, not to mention over 165 exhibitors with flavours from around the world, a kids zone and homemade bush crafts.

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