Vintage Rose Festival success backs big plans for next year

Miss Vintage Rose Festival runner-up Lisa Hackett with winner Miss Sunny Day. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

Miss Vintage Rose Festival runner-up Lisa Hackett with winner Miss Sunny Day. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

If there’s one lesson Suzi Botha has learned from her steering of the inaugural Vintage Rose Festival on November 17, it’s delegation.

She’s looking forward to forming a committee for a ‘bigger, better’ festival next year, but said she’s absolutely thrilled with the way this one turned out. Pregnancy hormones may be playing a part but she feels overwhelmed by the positive feedback she’s received, which continues to roll in.

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“It’s all been so positive,” she said.

“I keep getting emails and messages from people asking if it’s going to be on again next year, and wanting to be involved. It’s been crazy.”

The Tamworth-based Rockabilly Rockers New England added fun and energy to the proceedings. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

The Tamworth-based Rockabilly Rockers New England added fun and energy to the proceedings. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

One stallholder from Brisbane is set to bring another 10-15 more stalls with her next year, and Suzi is already saying the 2019 festival will be much bigger.

She’s planning for the street to be closed for the festival, and would love to bring back the floats for a parade.

She said there was a good rollup of vintage vehicles, with displays divided between the festival and McHappy Day which was happening at the same time. 

An Armidale lady with the delightful pseudonym of Miss Sunny Day lived up to her name and earned the title of Miss Vintage Rose. Suzi is hoping to entice more local girls to enter the competition next year.

Given the workload this year and with plans afoot for a bigger 2019 festival, Suzi is keen to form a team of people ‘from the get-go’, with planning for the next festival to get underway after the Christmas period.

The vintage cars were a highlight of the program, shared between the festival and McHappy Day. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

The vintage cars were a highlight of the program, shared between the festival and McHappy Day. Photo by Sarah Coughlin Photography.

She said there are a number of people with event planning experience who have approached her willing to help, and she’s going to be taking them up on their offer.

In the meantime she sent a huge thank you to the community for getting involved and getting behind the concept.

“The support has been massive,” she said.

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