PROGRAMME

2017 Festival of the Fleeces

The 2017 Festival of the Fleeces program is now available. 

Pick one up at the Scone or Merriwa Visitor Information Centres.

Or download the program HERE!


Friday 9 June 2017

Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces Opening Night

Join us for the opening event of the 2017 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces at the FOTF Opening Night PosterMerriwa RSL. Featuring world class entertainment with party band ‘Everyday People’ and local bush poet Tim McLoughlin.

Ticket price is a door cover charge only.  Drinks to be purchased at the RSL bar and bistro. Strictly no BYO drinks. Nibbles are allowed and meals can be purchased at the RSL.

Tickets are available at the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre and on the night at the RSL.

Sunday 11 June 2017

Bush Poets Breakfast – Sunday Morning

Come along to the bush poets breakfast on Sunday morning. This walk up bush poets competition with a prize pool of $500! The breakfast with be MC by special guest and judge local poet Tim McLoughlin

To register your attendance and/or performance to jsinclair@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6540 1300.

Tickets are $5.00 each and will be available on the morning at the door.

Venue: CWA Hall, Bettington St. Time: 9am – 11am.


2017 Events include:

  • The famous running of the sheep in red socks
  • Fireworks
  • Wool Spinning Demonstrations
  • GJ’s Laser Tag
  • Modern Day Shearing Displays
  • Upper Hunter Motoring Vintage Vehicle Display
  • Blade Shearing Demonstrations
  • Merriwa’s hanging of the Quilts
  • Working Sheep Dog displays
  • Sparkles the Clown and kids amusements
  • Dog High Jump
  • Team Penning Championships
  • Tug-a-War
  • Bush Poets Breakfast

Hanging of the Quilts – your chance to win a beautiful quilt!

Local Merriwa quilter Lenore Taylor has once again been busy preparing the annual Festival of the Fleeces ‘Hanging of the Quilts’ and on Saturday 11 June at the Festival you can try your luck in the Hanging of the Quilts raffle for your chance to win a beautiful hand crafted quilt made by some of the region’s best quilters.  Tickets will be on sale at the ‘Hanging of the Quilts’ from 9.30am and the raffle will be drawn at 4pm.  During the day the talents from local quilters will be displayed at the Merriwa School of Arts. This event is proudly sponsored by Gordon Martin Bulk Hauling & Lenore’s Quilting.

2017 Key Info

When: 9th – 11th June 2017
Running of the sheep:
Saturday, 12 noon
Where: Golden Highway,  Merriwa & Merriwa Showground

Find Merriwa on Google Maps

Zoo