Just over four thousand people made the trip to Harden Murrumburrah on Saturday to attend the 14th annual Harden Kite Festival.
Although the numbers were down compared to last year's record event, when the first ever traffic jam was recorded in Harden, organisers are declaring the 2019 Kite Festival their most successful one to date.
"We had a new layout this year, which allowed us a lot more space to spread out. We have to thank Hilltops Council for managing the traffic so well, there were no traffic hold ups this year. " Committee member, Julie Dunstan said.
"We were able to work with the Harden Picnic Race committee to build a bridge across the track, which gave us much more access to the kite flying area, without damaging the track itself. It worked really well."
Ms Dunstan said although the morning had been a bit cold, the weather was perfect for the kites.
"One of the professional kite flyers told us (the committee) that Saturday's was the best display of kite flying they had ever seen in Harden." Ms Dunstan said.
The event was officially opened by Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke.
"The Kite Festival is an incredibly important event for this region" Ms Cooke said.
"And it has never been more important than this year. when we have some pretty tough drought conditions right across NSW. We are not exempt here in Harden Murrumburrah and it is great to see people coming together in friendship and fellowship, having some fun, supporting the community"
Master of Ceremony for the day was Wes Heather, and entertainers included Canberra Swing Katz, Benn Gunn, Scroggin, Hawkesbury Kelpie Working Dog Show, Wombat Bush Poets, Young Town Band and Emiliqua East, who is the current Ladies Whip Cracking Champion and travelled from Bairnsdale Victoria to attend.
"We had a wonderful array of entertainment and stalls, not to mention a variety of food vendors." Ms Dunstan said.
"We are very grateful to everyone who helped out on the day, especially our major sponsors Graymont (formerly Sibelco), Hilltops Council and Copabella Wind Farms.