FRANCES came alive over the weekend with what may have been the best ever Frances Folk Gathering from a musical perspective.
Despite crowd numbers being down on previous years, gathering chairman Michael McGregor was happy with how the festival went.
"From my point of view the whole weekend went off how we expected it to," he said. "The venues were not at any stage looking the least bit empty."
And he lauded the acts - from the experienced to the amateur - that made the weekend as good as it was.
"The competitions were good and the quality of the music overall was better than usual," Mr McGregor commented. "They played beautiful music."
A particular highlight was Sunday's "mixed grill" where musicians of all ages and experiences were jumbled together and gave an impromptu performance.
The performers were then grilled by a judging panel that included Frances local Lynette Bronca.
The success of the festival was a relief after just months ago the festival looked in trouble due to lack of funding.
The Naracoorte Lucindale Council put more money into the gathering, on top of some very successful fundraising by the gathering's committee in the lead - which has a smile across the organisers' face.
"The council gave us some good funding," Mr McGregor said.
"It's an indication of how much the council has come on board...things are looking a lot more positive."
He commended the "superb" work of the local volunteers - the "Friends of Frances.
"The local community did an absolutely top job," Mr McGregor said. "The organisation of the weekend went really well."
He thanked everyone who helped make the weekend a success, from the musicians and judges to the people who helped clean up afterwards.