Fish River music festival wows the crowd at O'Connell

GREAT DAY: Bathurst duo, Smith & Jones preforming at the annual Fish River Featival, held in the grounds of the O'Connell Hotel, Sunday.
GREAT DAY: Bathurst duo, Smith & Jones preforming at the annual Fish River Featival, held in the grounds of the O'Connell Hotel, Sunday.

LIVE music, great food, market stalls and fun for the kids.

The Fish River Festival, held at the O'Connell Hotel on Sunday, had it all, plus more.

Organised by O'Connell Public School's P and C, with the help of Sandra Gibney and other community members, it is one of the school's major fundraising events for the year.

Amy Power, who is on the school's P and C, said the event has been held for the past six years, and while organisers were happy with the day, numbers were down slightly on previous years.

"It's a little bit quieter then usual, the smoke [from bush fires burning in the region] may have put people off, but we've still been really busy which is great," she said.

Ms Power said it had been a huge job planning and hosting the festival with everyone involved, including past and present school parents, community members and students.

"The kids have been helping all day, they've been running the bins and organising all the recycling."

Ms Power said the idea behind the music festival was to raise funds which the school can then use to pay for its music program.

"It's to foster music at the school."

Among the many live bands performing on the day were the school's band, The Occa Rockers, who were the first to take the stage on Sunday morning.

Sally Webb, who was also helping on the BBQ, said it had been a great day.

"Everyone puts something in to make it as successful as possible; we've got former O'Connell Public School kids here helping out, all the kids come back every year to help out, it's great."

She said the stalls had also been popular with many people taking the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping.

Ms Power said the fact entry is free means it is open to literally everyone in the community, with people coming from as far as Sydney, Oberon and Bathurst to see the live entertainment.

Emma Farkas, travelled from Sydney to O'Connell to come to the festival, and said she enjoyed it.

"The music was quite good, and the stalls had a lot of diversity as well," she said.