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New attractions add a fair bit of family fun

ALL ABOARD: Camel rides and a jumping castle will be among the attractions at Monday’s Orara Valley Fair at Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Dairyville Rd. PHOTOS: TREVOR VEALE
ALL ABOARD: Camel rides and a jumping castle will be among the attractions at Monday’s Orara Valley Fair at Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Dairyville Rd. PHOTOS: TREVOR VEALE

TALLOWOOD Bush Band's return and tours of local farming operations are among new attractions at Monday's 2015 Orara Valley Fair.

The fair will take over Upper Orara Recreation Reserve from 10am to 4pm on the Queens Birthday public holiday.

Other new attractions this year will be farm tours and Rivercare talks and tours.

The farm tours will take place at 11am and 1pm, with the tour bus leaving the fair to travel to the Thompson farm, Big River for a silage-making demonstration and then on to Waterfall farm at Friday Creek for a tour of a family-run pasture based beef and chicken operation.

Tours are $5 a head and bookings must be made ahead of time through the website of Waterfall Agricultural Australia or its Facebook page. Tours will take about one hour and each family group taking a tour will also receive a dozen eggs.

The fair will have a full program of woodchopping events as well as the stage program of live entertainment .

There will be tractor-drawn hayrides, camel rides, pony rides, carnival rides and bungy bouncing.

Children can take part in races and novelty events and everyone can try their skills at the free circus workshops, pet the farm animals, learn about snakes, lizards and crocodiles with Steve McEwan's Reptile World and enjoy Brian Fahey's whip cracking demonstrations.

There will be working vintage farm machinery, international food, coffee and market stalls and you can test your livestock knowledge by trying to guess the weight of the bullock and maybe win a prize.

There will be wood turning by the Mid North Coast Wood Turners and blacksmithing demonstrations by Steve Viola from Wombat Forge at Dorrigo, plus a demonstration of the Arbotech wood carving machine and quadrocopters.

Entry to the fair is $5 adults, $2 children and parking is free.

There will be the usual free bus, this year supplied by the Glenreagh bus service. It will leave Park Ave at 10am and return around 3pm.



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