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Festival of the Fleeces - Merriwa

The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces has been a major Upper Hunter event since its creation in 1990. Established to promote the best of agriculture that Merriwa has to offer with a focus on the history of the Merino Sheep and how this industry shaped a community.

The Festival is held from a Friday night opening celebration to Sunday morning Bush Poets Breakfast over the June long weekend with the main Festival and ‘Running of the Sheep’ parade being held on the Saturday at midday. The event is a not for profit community event, with the proceeds of the festival going back to the vital services of the Merriwa Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

With over 100 market variety stalls and 35 family attractions, the Festival is focused on community, affordability, and promotion of the Upper Hunter Shire and it’s rich agricultural history. From its humble beginnings, the Festival now attracts in excess of 5000 visitors to Merriwa to enjoy traditional country hospitality.

Other events that can be seen during the festival include; high dog jumping, working sheep dog demonstrations, sheep dog yard trials, team penning championships, whip cracking competition, fireworks display, Australian wool fashion parade, laser tag, live music and performances, vintage vehicle display, shearing demonstrations and lots more

The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces is a Not for Profit organisation run by community volunteers and supported by Upper Hunter Shire Council.


Listing Details

Visitor Infornation Centre, Bettington St, , , 2329
6521 7046
Contact Person
Peta Luke, Tourism and Events Officer – Merriwa
Held At
Merriwa, Bettington St.
Opening Hours/Meeting Times
Festival is held on the long weekend in June. Friday – opening night, Saturday – Festival from 8am, running of the sheep is at Midday. Sunday – bush poets breakfast. CWA
Nil for Festival, opening night and Bush poets breakfast tickets cost at door.
Current Members
5,500 festival attendees.