Entries for the ROSTO Olives 2016 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces Street Parade close on 9 May, so be quick and don’t forget to use the festival theme “Cast off”.
Forms for the Window Display Competition and entry in the Street Parade are available on the website now.
The street stalls will be packed this year with all the stall places booked out already.
Local poets are encouraged to get up and have a go at the Bush Poetry competition held on Sunday morning with a prize pool of $500 to be won. You have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing and work up a winning entry. The competition will be compered and judged by Robyn Sykes, the 2012 Australian Women’s Bush Poetry champion renowned for her energetic renditions. To register your interest to compete in this event email Council’s Tourism and Events Coordinator, Jan Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (02) 6540 1300.
There is a major raffle that will be drawn at the Fashions of the Fleece event on 10 June. Tickets are on sale now for $2 each or three for $5 and can be purchased from the Merriwa and Scone Visitor Information Centres and Council Offices. Prizes include a holiday at the Mantra Aqua Resort in Nelson Bay, a one night stay at Strathearn Park Lodge, a fully packed whole lamb cut up by Max’s Country Cuts and donated by the Campbell Family of Merriwa, a Hunter Belle Cheese voucher and a bottle of boutique Orange Rose from Small Forest, and cheese platter for two and two glasses of wine at the Vines Restaurant, Hollydene.
Keen to do some street busking on the day of the parade, Saturday 11 June? The Festival committee are looking for musicians keen to entertain the crowds and make some cash. Each busker will be allocated about an hour between 9am and 3pm Please contact the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre or email email@example.com to register your interest.
Locals are asked to become star catwalk models on Friday 10 June at the Fashions of the Fleeces' first night event. If you are 16 years or over, can strut your stuff and enjoy being centre-stage, the committee is seeking ladies sized 8-12 and gentlemen over 175cm tall of average size to model clothes provided by Australian Wool Innovation Ltd and Di’s Clothing Patch. Please contact the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre on 02 6540 1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
There is still more information to come on events that will be at the Showgrounds during the Festival including team penning activities and entertainment from 3pm through to the big finale at 6pm with the fireworks.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Tourism and Events Co-ordinator
Phone: 02 6540 1300
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.