Before all the music and festivities started, 300 Southern Riverina residents were given a tour of the Strawberry Fields Festival site in Tocumwal on Wednesday night.
Guests were also treated to a barbecue at the Lower River Rd site, and given a chance to experience the art installations, stage design and general festival layout.
Strawberry Fields director Tara Benney said event organisers were ‘‘thrilled’’ with the turnout.
‘‘This is the first year we decided to open the festival a day before to locals of all ages,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone was in good spirits and it was great to see people enjoying themselves.
‘‘The site was still being constructed, but was really well received — they could see the hard work that is put into it.
‘‘We’re so thrilled to have support from the Tocumwal and local community, and we’re looking forward to working with them next year.’’
Tocumwal resident Bob Bowman said attending the tour gave him a better understanding of what happens at the site.
‘‘The infrastructure was impressive and I particularly liked the ‘glamping’ tents,’’ he said.
‘‘The local services can benefit from Strawberry Fields.
‘‘Anything like that is good for Tocumwal and helps put us on the map.’’
Ms Benney thanked Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Haynes Butchery and Baldwins Buses for their support.
All proceeds raised from the barbecue will be distributed locally through the Strawberry Fields Community Fund.