Show support to keep sheep in red socks

Calling for new sponsors and volunteers for the 2016 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces will celebrate its twenty-sixth year in June and is seeking support to keep the red socks running.

The Festival, which includes the popular running of the sheep in red socks, has thrived thanks to the contribution of sponsors and the hard work of volunteers.  The Festival of the Fleeces Committee are currently looking for new sponsors and volunteers to come on board and support this important rural festival in 2016 and beyond.

Committee chairperson and Upper Hunter Shire Councillor Deirdre Peebles said large crowds were expected at the 2016 Festival and sponsors would benefit from being involved in this important event on the NSW Festival calendar.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council was proud to be a long-time sponsor of the Festival which brings economic benefits to the region while visitors learned more about the attractions of rural living.

The Festival will be held from Friday evening, 10 June 2016, until Sunday morning, 12 June 2016. The highlight of this community run event still is the Saturday’s Festival Parade lead by a mob of around 300 sheep.

Some of the other favourite events include the opening night fashion parade – Fashions of the Fleece, sheep yard dog trials, shearing demonstrations, a Bush Poets breakfast featuring the current National female bush poet Robyn Sykes, wool spinning demonstrations, felting exhibitions, educational displays for children including Croc Stars reptile show, puppet shows, a petting zoo and a spectacular “KaBoom” fireworks display on the Saturday evening.

The Australian Wool Industry hosts a fashion parade of quality woollen garments, as seen at Australian Fashion Week, complete with live entertainment with a fantastic band to get your toes tapping.

The Festival celebrates rural heritage and particularly the past and present importance of the wool industry. It is the largest event for the Merriwa district bringing over 5,000 people to Merriwa each year including tourists from all over the state who come to experience country hospitality and an authentic rural festival.

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If you are passionate about regional community events and would like to support the Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces, then please contact Upper Hunter Shire Council Tourism and Events Coordinator, Jan Sinclair on 02 6540 1301 or by email on