Edenhope's Henley on Lake Wallace a hit| Photos

CROWDS converged on Edenhope on Saturday for the annual Henley on Lake Wallace festival, despite hot and windy weather.

The festival started with a parade along Elizabeth Street at 2pm before moving to the lake foreshore for the afternoon and evening festivities.

Committee treasurer Julie West said the community was not deterred by the 42-degree heat.

"There were certainly lots of children and many families came at the start, went home and came back again when it was cooler," she said.

"Our gate takings were down about 20 per cent, but that's reflective of the day and we were still happy with that.

"Unfortunately Chris Sperou, the aerial acrobatic, had to cancel because of 60 kilometres an hour wind gusts."

Highlights of the day included the He and She shearing competition, the Henley Gift and the Australian Rolling Pin Throwing Championship.

"In the shearing competition, the woman winds the shearing machine, while the man shears," Mrs West said.

"The competition was well supported."

Mrs West said new to the festival this year was Dommo's Perfectly Purged Yabby Eating Contest.

"It was a yabby peeling and eating competition it was great to watch and lots of people said it was quite comical," she said.

"There were two foot races in the Henley Gift the first was the Little Athletics and the second race was between six footballers."

The committee made a special presentation to Maureen Payne, who was committee secretary for 30 years. "We wanted to make a presentation to her to acknowledge her efforts," Mrs West said.

A fireworks display was again a popular attraction.

"By the time we did the fireworks, the weather had cooled off," Mrs West said.

"We also had Sin Frontera a Latin American band performing.

"We usually just have a cover band so this was something different. It was easy listening music and was well received."

Mrs West thanked everyone who helped at the event.

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