Camden Jacaranda Festival lights up record crowd

Thousands of happy revellers flocked to Camden for the annual Camden Jacaranda Festival.

From rides and sweet treats to live music and shopping stalls - the popular three-day Christmas event had something for people of all ages.

Event organiser and Argyle Business Collective president Andrew Valciukas said this year's crowds were "astronomical".

"I am not sure on the final numbers yet but our MC for the Saturday night event said looking out over the crowd was like looking at the crowds at the Sydney Royal Easter Show," he said.

"We had a sensational response to a fabulous event."

Children and families enjoyed watching the Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Experience on the main stage.

Mr Valciukas said musicians Luke Koteras and Chris Sebastian also proved popular.

"We also had a lot of involvement from local schools this year which was great and plenty of great performers," he said.

"The larger amusement area was great too - we made it bigger to cater for larger crowds and have a bit more variety."

Mr Valciukas said the team responsible for putting the event together had achieved wonders.

"Steve Wisbey, Chris Huggett, Jim and Vicki McGregor did an amazing job," he said.

"It's a small team but it's amazing what they were able to achieve.

"The council's events staff did a fantastic job as well."

The winner of the Macarthur Credit Union's Mac Cash Booth competition walked away with $5000, while the runner-up scored herself $1500.

The Mac also donated $5000 to alcohol and drug awareness charity Youth Solutions.

Mr Valciukas said there would be a short break before planning for next year's event kicked off in January.

"This year was an absolute success and we can't wait to start brainstorming ideas to make the next one bigger and better than ever," he said.

"Hopefully next year we will also have a new addition to the light display - a fairy light canopy across the street above the jacarandas.

"These things take time but we are hopeful that Camden will become an eats and entertainment destination for the region."