All set for Australia Day in Carcoar

Baled up: Historical re-enactment group, Gold Trails, will perform a lively re-enactment of Australia's first daylight bank robbery and stage coach hold-up
Baled up: Historical re-enactment group, Gold Trails, will perform a lively re-enactment of Australia's first daylight bank robbery and stage coach hold-up

Billed as 'A Day of Fun for Everyone', the Carcoar Village Fair attracts thousands of visitors to the historic village of Carcoar each year.

Thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, Carcoar can also claim to host the largest Australia Day celebration in the Central West, which is no small feat for a community of around 200 residents.

Festivities will kick off at 8.30am with a host of attractions including over sixty market stalls, vintage cars, Cobb & Co carriage rides, live music from bush band November Shorn and a wide variety of food and amusement rides.

Australia's premier historical re-enactment group, Gold Trails, will perform a lively re-enactment of Australia's first daylight bank robbery and stage coach hold-up.

The historic courthouse will host talks by two authors on bushranger history: Craig Bratby (John Vane, Biography of a Bushranger) and Peter Bradley (Ben Hall – Stories from the Hard Road).

In addition, remarkable story teller Craig Lawler, recently featured on Conversations with Richard Fidler nationally on ABC radio, will appear and give a highly entertaining narrative on the struggle between police inspector Sir Frederick Pottinger and his nemesis Ben Hall.

This year will also feature Murphy's Puppets for the young and young at heart. Dennis Murphy of Murphy's Puppets had the unique distinction of being invited to take his Italian-style Puppetry back to Italy to perform at Europe’s largest International Children’s Theatre Festival.

The drama critic of Italy’s national newspaper, L’Unita, cited Dennis as “one of the world’s finest glove-puppeteers.”In Russia he was awarded the Ural Citation For Excellence.

Another exciting addition to the 2017 line up of entertainment is Ranger Nick. Often refered to as the master of camp oven cooking, Ranger Nick is a dinky-di country boy who has gained quite a reputation as the entertaining Aussie bush cook, that sings and has plenty of yarns or poems to tell.

In recognition of Carcoar's importance as the third oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, all five of Carcoar's museums will also be open allowing visitors an insight into our history.

The Fair will be officially opened by the Blayney Shire Mayor, Cr Scott Ferguson and Blayney Shire's Australia Day Ambassador Pepe Saya following the grand parade of vintage and classic cars.

Di Blazley, who is one of the event organisers, says “last year's fair was a tremendous success and this year will be even better with more live entertainment and activities”.

Once again the fair will be very affordable for families with $2.00 entry and all profits to be returned to the community via village improvement projects.