Head to Merriwa for Festival of the Fleeces

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Head to the Upper Hunter for the long weekend and experience country life and the running of sheep. Merriwa’s Festival of the Fleeces runs annually on the June long weekend and in 2022, it runs from Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 Sunday with lots of activities on Saturday.  For 30 years, the festival has proudly celebrated the rich history of agriculture and sheep farming in Merriwa.

Originally held at the historical Brindley Park wool shed, the Festival is now held in the Main Street of Merriwa and features the famous Running of the Sheep parade held on Saturday 11 June at noon.

Get your photo taken with Rosie, the lead sheep who loves having photos with everyone on the day.

Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

The festival is a fun family-friendly event with markets stalls, dog high jump, working sheep dog demonstrations, shearing demonstrations and fireworks.

The event starts on Friday night with an opening night celebration at the RSL and continues until Sunday morning’s Blessing of the Sheep.

Saturday Events (Main Street – Merriwa)

  • Street stalls 8am-3pm
  • Physie demonstration
  • Kid’s corner (rides & fun for the children)
  • Modern-day shearing display
  • Running of the sheep at 12 noon
  • Festival parade
  • Motor vehicle vintage car display
  • Working sheep dog demonstration
  • Damper with cocky’s joy and billy tea
  • Dog high jump

Saturday Events (From 3pm, the festivities move to the Merriwa Showground)

  • Gumboot throwing competition
  • Sheep poo spitting competition
  • Lolly scramble
  • Fireworks at 6pm
Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

For more information, visit the 2022 Festival of the Fleeces website.

Kids can also submit their entries for the 2022 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces Colouring In Competition.

While you’re in the Merriwa area, check out what else can you see in our article about the Merriwa and Denman area. It’s a great opportunity to show the kids country vistas, talk about mining and agriculture, and stop in some unique places along the way.

Merriwa Silo Art
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