HELD on the first day of summer with temperatures peaking at 41 degrees, the annual Rotary Christmas Fair could have been a fizzer.
But once again Dubbo residents proved they could handle the heat and turned out in their hundreds to enjoy the much-anticipated event.
The fair was the result of plenty of hard work behind the scenes from the four combined Rotary clubs of Dubbo and Rotaract.
Clad in blue and yellow, club members worked together to provide fairgoers with plenty of entertainment and good tucker via the Rotary hot food van.
Music from mother and son act Sharon and Kodi Lane set the mood for the evening.
Iced coffee, fancy cupcakes, local produce, specialty items and handicrafts kept visitors entertained and they enjoyed gourmet goodies.
From about 5pm, a warm and welcomed breeze picked up, and shade covered Lions Park to provide a more relaxing environment.
Those intent on winning a Christmas ham from the Rotary Club of Macquarie members handed over their dollar coins for a spin of the wheel, while others purchased tickets in the Rotary Club of Dubbo West's popular annual camping trailer prize.
South Rotary members organised and ran the children's mechanical rides. Much to the delight of the children, Santa Claus made his much- anticipated appearance towards the end of the evening, spreading cheer and the festive spirit.
As one reveller noted on Saturday evening, there was no excuse to be bored in Dubbo this weekend.
Money raised from the event will benefit the local branch of the Salvation Army.