Dungog festival in pictures

The Dungog Festival has been hailed as a success with plenty of visitors streaming into town and locals enjoying the free entertainment.

The event, held over the October long weekend, is organised by the Dungog Arts Foundation and takes 10 months of planning.

Event Manager Felicity Fragar said the board would meet in coming weeks to discuss the festival but her early indications from talking to the community and business owners was that the event was a hit.

"We had reports from vendors and food stall operators that they were very busy and have had good feedback from the residents," she said.

"Thank you to the volunteers and the community. This event would not happen without the tireless work of the volunteers and the community embracing the event."

Ms Fragar encouraged anyone who wanted to sponsor the event, which runs on a "shoestring budget" to consider a donation which is tax deductible as the foundation is not for profit.

While the heavens opened with much-needed rain on Saturday morning the rain cleared so as to not spoil the parade. The clear skies also meant the iconic long table dinner on the Saturday night went ahead as planned. Around 220 people dined under the stars at tables set up in the middle of a closed Dowling Street for the sell out event.

Out at Fosterton the Sculpture on the Farm event proved to be just as popular as its first year in 2018 with large numbers coming through the gates to view more than 100 sculptures. At Wallarobba the hall was filled with people enjoying the German themed cuisine and refreshments. The big drawcard was the Dachshund races which attracted - and subsequently amused - the large crowd.