Macarthur Jacaranda Festival in Camden draws a huge crowd: Photos

Camden was a hive of activity as huge crowds headed to town for the inaugural Macarthur Jacaranda Festival on the weekend.

Close to 12,000 people attended the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate jacarandas and enjoy a range of festive activities.

There was plenty of live entertainment across the three days as well as market stalls, amusement rides, a car and motorbike show, and the ADR FMX team display. 

The Argyle Business Collective organised this year’s festival and collective founder Andrew Valciukas said there was a “massive” turn-out of people.

“It was an absolutely awesome response.”

Mr Valciukas said the biggest highlight was the Christmas tree and jacaranda light display on Saturday night.

Inspire Energy built the switch that mayor Peter Sidgreaves used to turn on the lighting for the Christmas tree.

“The reaction we got from the crowd was absolutely magic – there was a collection of oohs and aahs,” Mr Valciukas said.

Mr Valciukas, who manages the Camden Hotel, said local businesses were well supported at the festival.

“There were record day sales for a number of businesses,” he said.

Narellan’s Brea Kriske won the inaugural ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway, allowing her to eat free in Camden for a year.