60th Fisher’s Ghost Festival is just five sleeps away

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WE will have fun: Mayor Paul Hawker says there will be no escaping the Fisher’s Ghost Festival, which starts this weekend.

There are just five sleeps to go…

The countdown has started to this year Fisher’s Ghost Festival, which celebrates its 60th year.

And with ghost fever about to hit Campbelltown, Mayor Paul Hawker has cheekily warned it will be hard to avoid.

“Ghost fever is everywhere. From the local pie shop, to the library, schools and community groups – there’s no escaping the legend of Fred Fisher’s ghost this year,’’ Cr Hawker said.

“Everyone is invited to join the party and get into the spirit of one of Australia’s longest running community celebrations,” he said.

The festival, which celebrates 60 years this year, is an iconic part of Campbelltown’s heritage and reflects the city’s strong sense of community spirit.

This year even more community groups than ever are getting into the spirit of the city’s longest running community festival and organising their own Festival of Fisher’s Ghost events.

Here’s some of them:

• Keeping up with the ghostly theme, the Fisher’s Ghost Family Race Day will be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Sunday, November 1, from midday until 5.30pm.

With free entry, and free activities for the kids, including rides, fairy floss, face painting and balloon twisting, it will be a great family day out.

Show bags and refreshments will also be available.

• If you’re looking for a chance to relax and enjoy the outdoors, the Macarthur Christian Network will host a Family Fun Festival in Koshigaya Park on Saturday, November 7, between 1pm and 4.30pm.

• Learn about Aboriginal culture by taking an Indigenous Walk through Dharawal National Park, Victoria Road, Wedderburn also on Saturday, November 7 between 9am and 10.30am.

Bookings and pre-payment of $5 are essential for this event.

Please contact the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre on 4645 4921.

parade2014m• If you are feeling nostalgic about the festival, Chalker Music in Campbelltown is assembling an historic display of the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost over the past 60 years, featuring newspaper articles, photos and videos.

The material will only be on show at Spotlight Plaza on Saturday, November 7, from 9am to 4pm, so be sure you don’t miss it.

• Car and motorbike enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the Hollylea Road Festival on Sunday, November 8 from 7am to 4pm.

The whole family will appreciate this exhibition of cars, bikes and 4WDs, including army and police vehicles, displayed on Hollylea Road, Leumeah.

• The 12th annual Fisher’s Ghost Stamp Fair will be held on Sunday, November 8 between 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Campbelltown Civic Hall.

Come and talk to stamp and coin dealers, see the displays and, if you’re game, make a bid at the auction!

• For more sporty types, the Fisher’s Ghost NRL Touch Football Family Day will be held on Sunday, November 8 at Kayess Park, Minto.

But it all kicks off this weekend with the big parade down Queen Street and then it’s party time.







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