The Festival is the largest event for the Merriwa district, bringing over 5,000 people to town each year including tourists from all over the state who come to experience country hospitality and authentic rural heritage.
This year the theme is ‘True Blue’ which is an old expression meaning real or genuine (it’s also a great song by John Williamson).
I am sure the imaginative people planning the entries in the parade and window displays will also play with visions of Blue Heelers, blue skies and seas, and the iconic Australiana. Don’t forget to wear blue for the Festival Opening – this night will sell out quickly, so book now at the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre. The entertainment will include toe-tapping party band ‘Everyday People’ and a performance by Tim McLoughlin who will also be judging the Bush Poetry competition on the Sunday morning, and I encourage everyone to have a go with a prize pool of $500 to be won.
The Festival has thrived thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the contribution of sponsors particularly our principal sponsor Rosto Olives.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is proud to be a long-time sponsor of the Festival, giving much behind the scenes assistance particularly through the Upper Hunter Visitor Information Centres.
Thanks also to everyone who has sponsored events, served on the committee, donated prizes, bought a raffle ticket, decorated a float or a shop window, written a poem, or dressed up a child or a sheep. We couldn’t do it without you.
Cr Ron Campbell, Festival Chairperson and Upper Hunter Shire Councillor