The heat didn’t stop a bumper crowd in Kandos this Australia Day weekend with over 200 entrants across all the events and entertainment abound.
Stacey Walker, Public liaison for Kandos Street Machine Committee says despite the heat, it was one of their best events.
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“We are one of the most family-friendly car events around. We actually hire the dodgem cars, the face painter, a jumping castle and all that and we pay for them and we let everyone else use them for free,” she said.
“There were lineups everywhere.”
Adding to the atmosphere was the fact that the festival has become synonymous with the Australia Day weekend in the minds of many festival-goers.
“I think it definitely helped with the fact that it made everyone relaxed. It's just what we do for Australia Day,” Stacey said.
“It's not Australia Day here anymore it's Kandos Day.”
That same enthusiasm extended to the social media feedback with Stacey telling the Mudgee Guardian that they’ve had to try hard to find any negative feedback.
“We have been stalking social media and the only negative post we've come across was about something we have no power over, the heat.” Stacey laughed.
One comment showed how dedicated its fans can be.
“Had heard good things about Kandos skids so [I] made the 10-hour trip as a spectator down and was not disappointed at all. Will be back next year. Very well put together show.” the comment said.
While planning for the 2020 Kandos Street Machine and Hot rod Show doesn’t begin in earnest for another few weeks when the committee meets again, Stacey said next year is going to be something very special.
“It's our 21st birthday next year so we're hoping to do something bigger and better for our 21st.”