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Please check back here regularly as this page will be continuously updated over the weeks leading up to the Carcoar Australia Day Fair.


Celebrating Country Life

A special committee has been established to help steer preparations for the upcoming Carcoar Australia Day Fair 2016 and is currently seeking expressions of interest from anyone wishing to take part in the grand parade as well as volunteers to assist on the day. They are also encouraging stall holders, musicians and entertainers who would like to participate in the fair to get in touch.The theme of the upcoming parade will be 'Country Life' which should offer plenty of scope for participants to come up with ideas for their entries and show us what it is that you love about living in the country. A commentary will accompany the parade, providing an opportunity for you to publicize your organization, or your business, or your neighbourhood. Participation in the parade is free of charge with plenty of great prizes for the winning entrants.If you have an idea -no matter how big or small -then why not come forward? Let's make Australia Day 2016 our best ever. If you would like to become involved in this exciting community event please contact the following:


Volunteers: David Pickett ph (02) 6367 3212 or email

Stall holders: Evan Lee email

Parade entrants (Float, Group or Individual): Eric Foote or Todd Hahn email

Buskers and all other enquiries: Judi Zerbst ph (02) 6367 3185 or email


















Carcoar Australia Day Fair 2016

A day of fun for everyone!


‘A day of fun for everyone’, the Carcoar Australia Day Fair attracts thousands of visitors to the historic village of Carcoar in the NSW Central Tablelands each year. Thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, the event in Carcoar is one of the largest Australia Day celebrations in the Central West which is a huge achievement for the small community of about 200 residents.


Mayor Scott Ferguson said, “There is nothing better than celebrating Australia Day in one of the most picturesque and oldest historical villages in NSW which just happens to be right on our doorstep here in the Blayney Shire.


“After the official Australia Day proceedings at Blayney’s Heritage Park where awards will be presented to those local nominees in recognition for their achievements, traditionally the crowd moves on to Carcoar to participate in the festivities and relax along the banks of the Belubula River,” Cr Ferguson said.


Blayney Shire Council will host the Australia Day BBQ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at Heritage Park in Blayney, commencing at 8.00am.


Come along for a traditional Aussie breakfast cooked by Blayney Rotary; meet the 2016 Australia Day Ambassador, Cheryl Koenig OAM and the announcement of Blayney Shire’s Australia Day Awards.


Then join in the Carcoar festivities featuring attractions including the street parade, stalls, vintage cars, Cobb & Co carriage rides, music, food, coffee, amusement rides, bushrangers re-enactments, entertainment for the kids and much more. In addition to the market stalls, the village supports a diverse range of boutique shops offering pottery, giftware, antiques and bric-a-brac.


In recognition of the significance of Carcoar established in 1839, and as the third oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, all five of Carcoar's museums including the Carcoar Hospital Museum, Court House Museum, Carmanhurst Military Museum, Stoke Stable Museum and The 20th Century Toy Museum will provide visitors with a unique insight into Australian history. Event organisers are encouraging people to get involved by dressing up in period costume and there will be a prize for the best dressed.


The official launch of the Carcoar Australia Day Fair will be at 11am by Mayor, Scott Ferguson and our Australia Day Ambassador, Cheryl Koenig OAM who will be presenting the 'Key to Carcoar' to acknowledge a community icon. This will be followed by the street parade at 12 noon which for many is the centrepiece of the Fair as it showcases a diverse range of community interests and backgrounds. Previous parades have attracted spectacular entries which were very much appreciated by the spectators. This year the theme is “Country Life”, which may be interpreted in a historic, geographic, political or other context, limited only by imagination. A commentary will accompany the parade, providing an opportunity for you to publicise your organisation, or your business, or your neighbourhood. Participation in the parade is free of charge with prize money on offer for the winning entrants.


Once again the Fair will be very affordable for families with gold coin entry and loads of activities, games and live entertainment. All profits raised on the day will be returned to the community via Village improvement projects.


Everyone is invited to go along to celebrate the place we call home and the love of our country. Bring your family, bring your friends – wander along the streets and experience the ambience of the historic buildings, find a spot by the river and enjoy a picnic in the dappled shade along the river's edge.


Australia Day Event Details in the Blayney Shire

Australia Day Breakfast BBQ and Awards Ceremony

When: January 26, Commencing at 8am

Where: Blayney Heritage Park, Adelaide Street

For more information: please contact, General Manager, Rebecca Ryan on 6368 2104


Carcoar Australia Day Fair

When: January 26, 8.30am - 4pm

Where: Carcoar NSW

Cost: Gold coin entry

For more information and to get involved, contact,

Volunteers: David Pickett 6367 3212 or email

Stall holders: Evan Lee email

Parade entrants (Float, Group or Individual): Eric Foote or Todd Hahn on 0427 166 273 or email

Buskers and all other enquiries: Judi Zerbst on 6367 3185 or email



For media enquiries, please contact:

Eric Foote on 0427 166 273, CVA President Jane Baulch on 0408 261 629 or Blayney Shire Council, Rebecca Ryan on 6368 2104



Just Announced

Bush band 'November Shorn' will be performing at the 2016 Carcoar Australia Day Fair. Renowned for their lively, down home style of country music the band has been performing for over thirty years with 'over 600 gigs in country hall, school halls, shearing shed, haysheds, packing sheds, backs of trucks, verandahs, gardens, marquees, clubs, pubs etc. etc. from Bathurst to Bourke and Armidale to Gundagai'. 


In addition, the ever popular Gold Trails Reenactment Group has also signed on for the day. The group has a well deserved reputation for colourful and detailed historical re-enactments based on meticulous research. Can't wait to see what they have in store for Carcoar!





































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