Cracking good time

THE Easter long weekend was a bumper time for tourism as residents welcomed thousands of visitors to Cooma and the surrounding areas.

The weather bureau predicted clear skies, and nature delivered.

All who were fortunate enough to be in town experienced crisp mornings and sunny days.

Cooma was open for business as many local organisations celebrated Easter in style.

The Cooma Easter Extravaganza was a success, offering something for everyone.

The event, which took place at the Cooma Monaro Railway station, attracted busloads of tourists to the area.

Visitors treated themselves to Devonshire tea, and enjoyed the art show and quilt display.

Adaminaby was the place to be on Easter Saturday.

The Adaminaby Easter Fair drew visitors from far and wide to experience a number of popular activities.

The dog high jump, trout tossing, pie eating, and cooee competitions were crowd favourites.

The family friendly event also included live entertainment, market stalls, a jumping castle and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday, Centennial Park in Cooma was the hub of Easter festivities, as the Rotary Club of Cooma held the Rotary Markets and Easter Bonnet and Hat Parade.

"There were lots of stalls and happy faces everywhere - such a lovely, festive atmosphere," Claire Neumeyer, the organiser of the Easter hat parade, said.

Perhaps people were smiling at Mrs Neumeyer because she was the one handing out chocolate eggs.

There were 54 entrants registered in the kids poster competition, and 25 entrants in the Easter hat parade.

"We were amazed with the turn out, and we're looking to make our festival bigger and better next year," Mrs Neumeyer said.

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