Upper Hunter Country
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Flock on up! Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

Do not miss out on a place at some of the most popular Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces events during the long weekend festival - 10 to 12 June 2016.

The Merriwa Tyre & Service Centre ‘Fashions of the Fleeces’ First Night includes a fashion parade - supported by Australian Wool Innovation and modelled by locals, a performance by top bush poet Robyn Sykes and music from party band ‘Everyday People’. This great evening at the Merriwa RSL from 6pm, Friday 10 June is sure to sell out so book now at

Local poets are encouraged to get up and have a go at the Bush Poetry competition held on Sunday morning with a prize pool of $500 to be won. You have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing and work up a winning entry. The competition will be compered and judged by Robyn Sykes the 2012 Australian Women’s Bush Poetry champion renowned for her energetic renditions. To register your interest to compete in this event email Upper Hunter Shire Council Tourism and Events Coordinator, Jan Sinclair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (02) 6540 1300.

Come and join the fun of the Bush Poets Breakfast from 9am to11am Sunday 12 June 2016, at the CWA Hall in Bettington Street, Merriwa. Entry at the door is $5. Book your place in Saturday’s Festival Parade or the window display competition for local businesses by downloading the entry form at

Don’t forget to use the 2016 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces theme “Cast off”. Festival of the Fleeces Chairperson, Councillor Deirdre Peebles said “Cast off” was a great theme for participants to play with. “The wool industry in NSW is the core of our festival, but “Cast off” is about more than knitting. It also conjures up visions of fishing, casting nets off, caterpillars shedding their cocoons and becoming butterflies, or recycling and turning old things into new,” Cr Peebles said.

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Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces is on this June Long Weekend!

Festival of the Fleeces is celebrating 25 years this weekend at Merriwa with 3 days of family fun and entertainment. The Festival is Merriwa's largest event attracting over 5000 visitors from all over the state who come to experience the country event. For the 25th year, the traditional Running of the Sheep will lead the Saturday parade which is a sight not to miss, with 200 hundred sheep in red socks run down the main street in Merriwa.

All day Saturday there will be plenty to do and see with exhibitions of knitting, wool spinning, shearing, vintage vehicle display, working sheep dogs and blacksmithing, team penning challenge, live music and around 150 market stalls including home made produce, arts and craft, face painting and food and coffee! There is also loads for the kids to do with the Kids Corner on the corner of Bettington & Vennacher Street. Activities for the kids include the ROAR Petting Zoo, GJ's Laser Tag, mini Jeep rides, jumping castle, reptile show, Sparkles the Clown and lots more. Saturday will end with Kaboom Fireworks around 6pm and afterwards it is the Battle of the Sexes Cut Out Competition.

Sunday starts off with the Sheep Yard Dog Trials and the Upper Hunter Team penning. At 9am enjoy the 2 hour entertaining Bush Poets Breakfast with the world's best Bush Poet Carol Heuchan. League Tag from 11am onwards will involve the Merriwa team taking on rivals Denman.

All of the money raised from the Festival is donated to the Westpac Rescue helicopter Service and Merriwa Volunteer Rescue Association who provide essential services in the region.

The full festival program is available at the Scone and Merriwa Visitor Information Centres.

For more information contact the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre on 6521 7046.


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