Trundle ABBA Festival: Thousands make their way to the town

Thousands of music fans from across western NSW and beyond flocked to Trundle earlier this month for the eighth annual ABBA Festival.

They arrived in colourful costumes and wigs ready to pay tribute to ABBA and say "thank you for the music."

Peter Docwra from Executive Events who runs the festival said it was "a great success."

"Everybody had a great time, not only singing ABBA songs but participating in the dancing and dress up competitions and just enjoying the day at Trundle," he said.

Mr Docwra said at least 5000 people attended this year's event, which was average attendance numbers.

"We had people form all parts of Australia (attend) we had people from the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and representatives form the Swedish embassy in Canberra," Mr Docwra explained.

What makes the event so popular was that it's the only ABBA Festival, Mr Docwra said.

"The second drawcard is it's somewhere where people like to come. The central west and Trundle in particular is a great place to visit so I think the combination of those two thing sis that people are willing to travel and people want to come out and enjoy themselves in a real Australian setting," he added.

The event had great support from local businesses and the Parkes Shire, Mr Docwra said.

"Every bit of support was fantastic," he said.

While it was hard to say just how much the festival injects into the local economy, when you add up hotel rooms at Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin and Bogan Gate, plus the camping grounds, it's estimated it brings $1.3 million, Mr Docwra said.

With approximately 400 people living in Trundle the festival brings the population up more than 10 times over the weekend, the event organiser said.

What really stood out this year was seeing how much people enjoyed themselves, Mr Docwra added.

"And the positive comments we've got on Facebook and form people who contacted us directly. People loved the experience of remembering and celebrating ABBA and also coming to Trundle," he said.

For most outdoor events the prospect of rain can dampen spirits, but with the region experiencing extreme drought over the past 12 months, rain leading up to the festival was very welcome, Mr Docwra said.

"We had a good bit of rain a couple of days before which normally is not good for event organisers, but I actually think it made people happier," he explained.

"And the weather on Saturday was perfect... it gave people to think about something else than the daily grind."

This is the first year that Executive Events have come on board to run the ABBA Trundle Festival and while the 2018 event has just finished, they're already making preparations for 2020.

"We're telling everyone to reserve the dates May, 2, 2020. Tickets will be on sale soon and we're looking forward to even more people coming to Trundle next year," he said.

Next year's lineup will be revealed in September so watch this space.

"We'll do our best to make it an even bigger and better festival than previous," Mr Docwra said.

"As event organisers we donate money back to the town to volunteer groups who helped us out as well. It was a great event, a great experience and great to keep celebrating ABBA and we look forward to doing it all again next year."