The most popular person at the The Country Women's Association's annual handicraft exhibition at the hall in Robertson Park on Monday wasn't from Orange, or indeed from the Central West.
No, the most popular person at the CWA Hall was from Darkest Peru, and had packed a suitcase full of marmalade.
Helen Woods' crocheted Paddington Bear stole the show on Monday as the judging for the annual competition begun.
"It's something different, I like to do things that are novelty," she said.
Paddington was booked for the Bathurst Marmalade Festival minutes after he walked in, with one of the organisers spying him and saying he needed to be in attendance.
Mrs Woods said he would eventually end up with her grandchildren, who had yet to see the bear promised to them "three or four months" ago when their grandmother started.
"He's knitted, I have a pattern and then he's stuffed and joined up and I have to be very careful as we have a size limit. It's 51 centimetres and he comes in at 49 so he fits in perfectly," Mrs Woods said.
"It's a matter of following a pattern and making him look as human as possible.
"They have seen photos but not in real life, they're excited by it."
Her entire family are Paddington Bear fans, and the Bathurst CWA Day Branch member has been entering the handicraft competition for 15 years.She'll be back on Friday for the food competition, while the handicraft pieces such as Paddington will be on display at Orange Library for the week.
Winners will be announced at 1pm on Friday.
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