2017 Festival of the Fleeces

The 2018 Festival of the Fleeces program is now available. 

Pick one up at the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre.

Or download the program HERE.

Friday 8 June 2018

ROSTO Opening Night event – Family Magic Show

A fun filled family evening where you can enjoy the ‘Amazing Christo’, all the way from Queensland to perform for us. He is a renowned Magician showing us “the magic of Country” with this former resident magician at the Mercure Resort Surfers Paradise, before moving to become the resident magician at Darling Harbour.

The Amazing Christo is one of Australia’s most presentable and talented magicians currently in demand around Sydney. His success is due to excellence in performance, presentation and service.

Christo will provide a professional stage show to amuse and captivate the audience.

This is a great way to kick off the start of the weekend, we will also have a performance by Peter Mace to warm you up for the Bush Poets Breakfast on the Sunday morning. Our festival will be officially opened and the winner of the window display, colouring completion and the Pam Power award announced.

Sunday 11 June 2018

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 by Australian champion poet Peter Mace.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast while listening to the very entertaining bush poets for a wonderful Sunday morning experience.

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

Venue: CWA Hall, Bettington St. Time: 8am – 11am.


2018 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.

2018 Key Info

When: 8th – 10th June 2018
Running of the sheep:
Saturday, 12 noon
Where: Golden Highway,  Merriwa & Merriwa Showground

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