BRIDGEWATER residents say the town is well placed to thrive over the coming years.
From the floods that ravaged the river-side town in 2011, the push to rebuild and redevelop has seen a greater focus on drawing visitors and promoting its local industries.
The Wool Wheat and Wine festival on Sunday drew about 600 people.
The event showcased a variety of local produce and wine, as well as the exports of the agricultural sector.
Many of the sheep on display were shorn on stage or pitted against each other in short races.
Organisers said the novelty events were among the most popular on the day, as well as children's activities such as pony rides and face painting.
Bridgewater development committee member Leah Bailey said the turn-out had exceeded all expectations.
She said it was a promising sign that the attendance was about twice the town's population.
"We had amazing local support," she said.
Mrs Bailey said the success of the event reflected the growing investment and interest in the town.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm and demand for Bridgewater industries. We want to show those off and show the town off. When the floods hit I think these type of events had been put on the back burner. But I think we're now bouncing back."
The sheep races were one of a range of events and activities dotted around the Recreation Reserve.
Bridgewater farmer Rob Webb has organised the event in the past and said it always drew a lot of spectator interest.
A skydiver dressed in a sheep suit was due to land in the middle of the oval to close the festival but the jump was abandoned due to strong winds.
Bridgewater development committee member Shannon Brown said the group were bouyed by the large crowds on the day.
She said there were great opportunities for similar events in the future.
"It's been a long ordeal with years of recovery from the floods," she said.
"We're ready to thrive again."