Disaster zone: Volunteers from the local SES branch commence the clean-up on Friday afternoon as rain continues to fall after the storm which flattened the 31st Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival.Six people are injured after a wild storm lashed the Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival on Friday afternoon.
Game plan: Emergency response teams plan the clean-up beside Guyra’s iconic lamb which, just moments earlier, rested under a marquee that became airborne.
Music program director Ian Russell is out ofintensive care but still in Armidale hospital after suffering a fracturedskull.
Mr Russell was in a corner of the music tent when suddenly the whole thing went up in the air.
Some residents say it was like a“tornado” ripping through town.
Stall holder Lindsay Stemp suffered massive bruising and lacerations and had 12 stitches to his hand. His wife Noala suffered bruises.
Another stall holder, Christine Finch sprained onewrist and her little finger on the other hand.
Winds were so strong that resident Hayley Eddy watched two children cling to a fence while a bike blew across the middle of the road.
“We had two kids pinned up against the fence and they couldn’t move,” she said.
Festival volunteer Jeff Reeves was preparing food in the gazebo when the storm began to escalate.
“I was standing in the gazebo looking out,” Mr Reeves said.
“I could see the rain swirling around and you couldn’t see through it.
“There was a gust of wind and it just lifted the whole lot and put it straight up the top of the tree.”
Massive clean-up: A stall beside the gazebo is flattened in the storm, leaving owners with nothing left to salvage from the wreck.
Long-time volunteer Bertha Reeves also watched the 31st festival transform into a disaster zone.
But luckily she hadthree big potato bakes prepared for volunteers who worked through the evening cleaning up.
The festival is up-and-running again and will wrap up on Sunday, January 29.
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