PICTURES: Beanie Affair at Castlemaine

BRIGHT and bubbly with a burst of colour - that was the outlook from the annual Beanie Affair event in Castlemaine at the weekend. 

The annual festival finished on Sunday and thousands of people passed through the doors for the three-day textile showcase. 

Hand-spun yarn, other wool products and more than 2000 beanies were among the features of the festival. 

Castlemaine's Country Women's Association started the festival four years ago and it has grown significantly since the first year. 

The CWAs Maryl Reeves said solid crowds kept volunteers busy.

"I think everyone is having fun," she said. 

"We are all keeping busy and it's very colourful this year.

"We have had some very creative beanies and some very earthy ones."

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