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Crafty skills across Macarthur to be showcased at festival

red pottery - smallWhether you’re a novice at your trade, or take your craft more seriously, the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Craft Exhibition is expanding its reach by calling on entrants from across the Macarthur region to share their creative talents with the rest of the community.

The move to make it a Macarthur-wide exhibition will enable a greater pool of talent to showcase their skills and compete for a great range of prizes.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Lake, said the Craft Exhibition continued to be a popular highlight of the festival and expanding the exhibition’s reach would help to further boost its profile.

“The exhibition’s appeal is that anyone with a love of craft or a creative talent can enter, whether you’re clever at woodwork or ceramics, can knit, decorate a cake or make jewellery, so long as you live, work or study in the Macarthur area,” Cr Lake said.

“Open to all ages, the exhibition also includes a special ability award, and this year I look forward to seeing the diversity of talent on display from across our region.”

The exhibition includes a junior section for 17 years and under, a young adult category for 18 to 21 year olds, and a Paul Nunnari Special Ability Award for any item created by a person with a disability.

There is also a section for dolls, bears and soft toys; hand knitting; crochet; embroidery; machine sewing; patchwork; jewellery; papercraft; folk art; leather; woodwork; ceramics and pottery, plus an open category. If you’re creative in the kitchen, there’s a dedicated cakes, cookies, cake pops and cupcakes section.

Participants are limited to two entries per category.

The Grand Champion will receive $150, with $100 awarded to the Mayor’s Choice, and $50 to the People’s Choice winner. A $25 prize is also awarded for first place in each category.

Visitors to the exhibition can even vote for their favourite entry to be in with a chance to win.

Entries to the 2014 Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Craft Exhibition are to be hand delivered with an entry form for each craft item to Campbelltown City Council, corner Queen and Broughton Streets, Campbelltown, between 9am and 4pm from today, Monday, September 29. Entries can also be dropped off on Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, October 11, from 9am to 1pm.

Entries close at 1pm on Saturday, October 11. Entry forms can be downloaded at fishersghost.com.au

Exhibition entries will be on display in Council’s Civic Centre foyer from Friday, October 31 to Friday, November 7, giving everyone a chance to view entrants’ handiwork.

The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost will be celebrated from October 30 to November 9. For a full calendar of events, visit fishersghost.com.au

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