THOUGH the numbers weren't quite there for Kellie Boulton to make a profit from the inaugural Day of Fae and Azure Starlit Faerie Ball held on the weekend, the Grafton event manager has taken solace from organisers of Gate to Plate who told her that only 50 people attended the first event several years ago.
This year, Gate to Plate's feature event sold out 300 tickets in 24 hours.
It's the kind of inspiration that will help Kellie build on what was an incredible first shot.
From the market day at the showgrounds with only selected stallholders, entertainment and even medieval fighting shows, to the evening ball offering guests and fiery-themed feast and high-quality entertainment, both events were spectacular.
Kellie thanked the crowd for its high level of participation and lengthy travel.
"Some came from Kempsey, Taree and north of Brisbane to join in the fun and festivities; not even staying for the night," she said.
"The performers and small army of elite volunteers worked their butts off with enthusiasm and pulled out all the stops with no job too big or too small."
"Over all I was really happy with everything, having all that local talent, with a few imports from Queensland and Lismore, showcased for our community and that of the East Coast Fae," she said. "And some of the stall holders have already booked their spots for next year."