Spring Trout festival planned

The Tourism Committee of the former Guyra Shire Council has been planning a festival to coincide with the opening of the Trout season over the long weekend in October. With the demise of all committees of council, many of the former members, plus other Guyra groups, have decided to continue with the event and met this week to get the event underway in earnest. The aim of the event is to bring business to town and to promote the Guyra district as a trout fishing destination. Guyra already has several businesses dedicated to trout fishing.

To be called the Guyra TroutFest, the event will begin with a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fishing clinic for kids to learn how to fly fish on the Friday  September 30. Over the next two days kids and all fishers are invited to participate in a fishing competition.  

Fishing will be in local streams and dams, not only for trout, but other categories as well. 

The Guyra Hotel Anglers Club will be organising this and registrations will be taken at the Guyra Hotel on the Friday evening. Visitors will be able to have dinner there and see a display of fishing information and ask questions about fresh water fishing regulations.

Other events will include a market day in the main street including a fishing expo, Guyra Automotive Club Car display, games for the kids, displays of many kinds, and entertainment. A photography competition and exhibition will feature photos from around the region with a view to the future promotion of Guyra. A degustation event will hopefully be organised by the food producers.

Visitors to town will be able to take a tour of local fishing establishments and other attractions of the area. Maps of the districts fishing locations and other attractions will be available for visitors.

At the grand finale dinner at the Guyra Hotel, winners of the fishing competition will be presented along with winners of the photography exhibition and the window dressing competition. A fun feature will be the tall fishing story telling. 

Entertainment and lots of activities for the children are planned so it will be a real family event and a great way to end the school holidays.

A draft schedule of events has been prepared but the committee is keen to hear from individuals or organisations with ideas or who want to be involved, especially in the market day in Bradley Street. 

The next meeting will be held on July 18, at the Bowling Club at 4pm. If you would like to be involved in the planning and organising please come along and join the group. You will be warmly welcomed. Ring 67755735 for further queries.