A little history of the Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival:
In 1986, Royce Newbury and Frank Presnell, members of the Guyra Rotary Club, decided that the major products of Guyra, then being prime lamb and potatoes should be promoted with a week long festival to be held in January.
The first Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival was held in January 1987 in Rotary Park on the New England Highway to catch the eye of passing holiday traffic and to coincide with travellers to and from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Over the years this has proved a very successful tactic and now is a ‘must stop’ at Guyra for people travelling to and from the Tamworth Festival.
Rotary Park lent itself for such an event to take place as it has an amenities block and a tree-lined area stretching on for more than a kilometre with plenty of parking space.
Since 1987 the Lamb and Potato Festival has continued to promote Guyra. The festival is run each year for between 10 to 13 days in January and always takes in the Australia Day flag raising and other activities.