The delightfully diverse range of talent, creativity and skill of the Forbes community was on full display over the weekend at the Rotary Ipomea Christmas Tree Festival. This year marked the ninth year that the festival has been staged at the Forbes Town Hall. Entries from various community groups as well as individuals ranged from the fun and spontaneous to the meticulously planned and intricately detailed. Such variety amongst so many entries meant many voters were hard pressed to choose one favourite, with many voting several times for different entries.
Jemalong Retirement Village took first place in the popular vote with their “12 Days Of Christmas” tree which amazed voters by the sheer size of the tree. The intricate detail and thorough consideration of the design, partnered with brilliant execution, made this entry a real stand out piece.
Uniting Church Nativity took out the second-place popular vote and Rotary Ipomoea members gave prizes to Eugowra Public School for their entry, made entirely of recycled materials. The Forbes District Lions Club also gained an Ipomoea prize for their “Christmas Wish Tree”, an amazing dry stump decorated with messages of hope.
It is apparent that as the festival matures, so does the scope of creative genius, skill and consideration in each entry. However, it is the enthusiastic involvement of the Forbes community, both festival entrants and visitors, that exemplifies the magnanimous Christmas spirit which makes this annual festival so very special.