20 February, 2023

CROOKWELL COUNTRY WEEKEND – Sunday Country Fair – 19 March 2023

And just like that, the Crookwell Showground will be transformed from music festival to a colourful country fair in celebration of Australian rural life through the ages … a jam-packed day for the whole family with ticket prices just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 17 (free entry for three years and under).

Gates open at 9am, with re-stocked food trucks, merch stand and Stockade Bar coming to life again, amidst a hive of entertainment, activities & market stalls.

Jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers and Bushrangers will be roving the crowds throughout the day, while kids can have their photos taken with friendly animals such as Heffner the Alpaca and Charlie the Brahman.

The main stage will offer a rotating schedule of entertainment: ‘Once Upon A Jumbuck’ – a 30-minute play performed by the Crookwell Amateur Dramatics Society (CADS), live music from the previous nights’ concert acts The Bushwackers as well as eMDee, bushranger re-enactments by the 7th Light Horse Gundagai Troop, depicting A Desperate Affray, utilising a Cobb & Co Royal Mail Coach from Travealy Horse Drawn Carriages, which will also be available at the event for rides.(follow Crookwell Country Weekend on Facebook for session times).

A very special must for kids and readers of all ages takes place at the Visitor Information Centre stand at 10.30am, when Isaiah Firebrace will spend an hour signing copies of his best-selling children’s book, Come Together: Things Every Aussie Kid Should Know About The First Peoples, with copies available to purchase on the day.

Back on the main stage, busking finalists will have one final chance to impress the audience and competition judges on the main stage at 11.30am, with the winner and runner-up decided upon by 12.30pm.

On display for the day’s entirety will be pioneer working demonstrations from the draught horse, bullock and camel teams, Rural Fire Services fire trucks and vintage machinery demonstrations.

The pavilions will also be bustling with market stalls and historic photography on display.

Adults and kids alike will enjoy the camel rides, hay wagon rides and a rare opportunity to ride in a true piece of Australian history, the horse drawn Royal Mail Coach.  Add to this, children’s activities including face painting and a huge inflatables zone and it’s clear that Crookwell Country Weekend is an event not to be missed.

For inquiries about becoming a stall holder, or to enter the Crookwell Country Weekend Busking or Abolutel Beaut Ute Competition, phone 02 4832 1988 or email info@visitupperlachlan.com.au.

Crookwell Country Weekend is an Upper Lachlan Shire Council initiative, funded by the NSW Government’s Reconnection Regional NSW program.