Celebrating 30 years

We’re back! Bigger and better!

The Merriwa Festival of the FLEECES has been a major Upper Hunter event since its creation in 1990 and this year it is celebrating 30 years of festivals (COVID aside)! For 30 years, the Festival of the FLEECES has proudly celebrated the rich history of agriculture and sheep farming in Merriwa. We encourage you to come along and see how sheep and their fleece have shaped the community.

Each year this event generates much needed funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Merriwa and District Volunteer Rescue Squads. The festival is an event that the whole community can become involved in and enjoy.

Originally held at the historical Brindley Park wool shed, the Festival is now held in the Main Street of Merriwa. Starting no the Friday night – when an opening night celebration is held, the festival runs through to Sunday morning where we invite you to attend our Bush Poets Breakfast.

The festival is held on the June long weekend with the main festival and the famous Running of the Sheep parade being held on the Saturday. With around 100 market variety stalls and a series of events that showcase “life on the land”, the festival is a not-to-be-missed event.

The event focusses on community, family, affordability, and promotion of the Upper Hunter Shire and its rich agricultural history. From its humble beginnings, the Festival now attracts in excess of 5000 visitors to Merriwa and the Upper Hunter Shire to enjoy traditional country hospitality.

Events this year will include the dog high jump, working sheep dog demonstrations, fireworks display, vintage vehicle displays, shearing demonstrations, street stalls, kid’s corner and much more.

The Merriwa Festival of the FLEECES is a not for profit event run by community volunteers and supported by the Upper Hunter Shire Council.

2022 Key Info

When: June long weekend
Running of the sheep:
Saturday 11th June (at noon)
Where: Golden Highway,  Merriwa & Merriwa Showground
(Please Note: While COVID lockdown may feel like a “thing of the past”, the festival organisers are aware that things can change at any time. Please check our website regularly to see if there are any changes to the event due to COVID.

With Thanks

We would like to extend our thanks to our newest sponsor, Commonwealth Bank who is supporting our opening night (Friday 10th June, Merriwa RSL).

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