CURRABUBULA was the place to be on Sunday with a strong crowd converging on the town’s increasingly popular Christmas markets.
The early morning heat did little to suppress the turnout with the Curra school grounds buzzing from early in the morning.
The Chirstmas market event is an annual fundraiser for the village’s primary and pre-schools which boasts a combined attendance of 35 kids.
P&C president Sarah-Jane Bonner said it was big effort for the small village to bring the markets together.
“I think we are building a reputation and we are becoming a popular pre-Christmas market to come to,” she said.
“It’s drawing on a very small community to produce a big event like this.”
Mrs Bonner said the market attracted stall-holders from the Tamworth region, but it also drew in vendors from Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Uralla and Inverell.
“I think we are great organisers and attract some unique and interesting stalls from a wide region,” she said.
The Currabubula Pony Club also had reason to smile on the day after it received a $68,000 grant from the state government to upgrade its arena.
Senior instructor Mel Jarrett believed it would be a boon for the whole town, not just its 80-odd members and helpers.
“I think it is going to boost the economy in the town,” she said.
“We have members from as far as Aberdeen and we have Sydney kids come as well. She said the upgrade would allow the club to cater for more livestock events.