Merriwa set to be entertained by annual Festival of the Fleeces in June

EWE BEAUTY: The grand parade is always one of the Festival of the Fleeces highlights.
EWE BEAUTY: The grand parade is always one of the Festival of the Fleeces highlights.

THIS year's Festival of the Fleeces is going for the old school feel, with the 2019 theme being revealed as 'Woolstock'.

There'll be no Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin but bright colours, street decorations and the grand parade still leaves much to look forward to during the event which lasts from June 7-9.

Chair of the Festival of the Fleeces Committee, Upper Hunter Shire Councillor Ron Campbell urged everyone to get behind the 2019 Festival.

"Festival of the Fleeces celebrates the rich farming history and country lifestyle of this area," he said.

"I encourage everyone to get behind the 'Woolstock' theme by decorating their premises, entering a float in the parade and buying a ticket in one of the festival raffles."

People are being urged to get into the spirit of the day and deck up in the most colourful outfits possible for the opening night at Merriwa RSL, with a prize being available for the best dressed.

Saturday 8 June 2019 is the biggest day of the festival with street markets and the fun of the grand parade led by a flock of sheep in red socks running down the main street of Merriwa, as well as the dog high jump, sheep shearing, and Kids Corner.

Saturday afternoon the fun moves to the Showgrounds before the 6pm KABOOM fireworks.

Sunday morning is the Bush Poets Breakfast with popular performer Carol Heuchan, where amateur and experienced tale-tellers will compete for applause and $500 in prizes.

Other great attractions over the weekend include the Hanging of the Quilts at Merriwa School of Arts, and team penning.

Anyone considering having a stall, displaying their vehicle, entering the Bush Poets competition or joining the grand parade are encouraged to do so.

Information regarding sponsorship, camping, competitions and the program in general will be available at or from the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre (VIC) by emailing or calling 6521 7046.

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