GALLERY: Crowds bask in wood, wine and roses at Heywood

AFTER 21 years, Heywood’s annual Wood, Wine and Roses Festival is as big as ever.

Flair Action Bikes’ Jack Field, of Brisbane, prepares to launch over Chris Bayles, of Launceston.

Flair Action Bikes’ Jack Field, of Brisbane, prepares to launch over Chris Bayles, of Launceston.

People in the thousands enjoyed 13 hours of live entertainment on the village green in Heywood, flowing along the river area to the recreation reserve.

Festival president Ross Barclay has co-ordinated the past 19 events and said it was a happy crowd filling the town on Saturday.

“It would’ve been around the 12,000 we aimed for,” he said.

“We had a fantastic crowd of people and a lot of happy people.

“It was a really good crowd. Everywhere you went there were people. There were no gaps. Having it spread out the way we’ve got it now does help.

“The way we timed the events flowed on so people could get from one thing to another. The variety of entertainment we put on this year, some of it country people just don’t get to see.

“It didn’t matter where you went with something on, there was always a crowd around to watch it.

“The Flair Riders stunt motorcycle guys drew a great crowd and want to come back with a new show already.”

Praising the organising committee, Mr Barclay said the event’s three other new attractions — the Wheel of Steel, the Daredevil Dog stunt show and bluegrass band The Pigs — also drew strong crowds.

“There’s just a fantastic group of people involved, coordinating different areas. They do their jobs and they do it to perfection — that’s what makes everything so easy,” Mr Barclay said.

Other highlights of the day included lawnmower racing, a woodchopping competition, a ute muster and truck show, a visit from the Halls Gap Zoo, food stalls and fireworks.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

A crowd watches the Flair Action Bikes.

A crowd watches the Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Flair Action Bikes.

Robert Colquhoun during a 250cc race as he falls of during a mower racing crash.

Robert Colquhoun during a 250cc race as he falls of during a mower racing crash.

Mower racers Robert Colquhoun and James Roser collide.

Mower racers Robert Colquhoun and James Roser collide.

Robert Colquhoun falls during a 250cc race.

Robert Colquhoun falls during a 250cc race.

James Roser during a 250cc race.

James Roser during a 250cc race.

Robert Colquhoun.

Robert Colquhoun.

Brian Guzzardi during a 250cc race.

Brian Guzzardi during a 250cc race.

Rosemary Solly from Heywood.

Rosemary Solly from Heywood.

Alistair Taylor from Cobboboonee Wines holding a 2010 Slaughter House Cabernet Shiraz.

Alistair Taylor from Cobboboonee Wines holding a 2010 Slaughter House Cabernet Shiraz.

Roy Orbison tribute show.

Roy Orbison tribute show.

Norma Paton from Coleraine, Andy Paton from Coleraine, Cheryl Howard from Horsham and Glen Donovan from Narrawong do a sitting dance during the Buddy Holly tribute show.

Norma Paton from Coleraine, Andy Paton from Coleraine, Cheryl Howard from Horsham and Glen Donovan from Narrawong do a sitting dance during the Buddy Holly tribute show.

Scott Griffin from Circus Elements.

Scott Griffin from Circus Elements.

Scott Griffin from Circus Elements.

Scott Griffin from Circus Elements.

Shary Dunn with Emma Butler, 5, from Heywood.

Shary Dunn with Emma Butler, 5, from Heywood.

Side shows at the Heywood festival.

Side shows at the Heywood festival.

Mark Robinson from the Daredevil Dogs Stunt Show.

Mark Robinson from the Daredevil Dogs Stunt Show.

SS Dance Studios dancers, with Kalian Gee from Portland.

SS Dance Studios dancers, with Kalian Gee from Portland.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios dancers, Zavier Boyadjian-Dinic and Maddy Shepherd.

SS Dance Studios performer Brooke Stiles from Portland.

SS Dance Studios performer Brooke Stiles from Portland.

Tractor Pull.

Tractor Pull.

Tractor Pull.

Tractor Pull.