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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - November 20, 2016

Festivals and Tourism in Aussie Towns these days

Years ago EVERY Town had 'THE SHOW' agriculture and produce and sideshows. These days towns and suburbs need 'points of difference' festivals these days to attract tourists from OUTSIDE the area.

1 Name the festivals in these towns - Tamworth, Wagga Wagga,
Blackheath, Bowral, Grafton, Inverell, Byron Bay. Kiama?
  Country Music, Stone the Crows, Rhododendron, tulips, jacaranda, Sapphire, blues, folk by the sea and readers festivals
2 What is the 'odd' common feature of the flowers celebrated at these Aussie festivals at Bowral, Blackheath and Grafton?
  All FOREIGN IMPORTS not native plants
3 The Mayor of which municipality said this week that what festival needed upgrading? And extra prize if u can spell his name!
  Mayor George Brticevic Campbelltown Fisher's Ghost festival

Jim just performed recently at 30th Sapphire City festival and Kiama READERS FESTIVAL. Which festivals have listeners enjoyed?

History of Fisher's Ghost Festival - started in 1956 celebrating an event from 1826. Sydney's most famous ghost story begins with a bloke arriving at a pub in desperate need of a drink. It was four months after the mysterious disappearance of a local farmer, Fred Fisher, in 1826 that John Farley, a respected and honest local farmer, arrived at a pub in the rural outskirts of Sydney, in the area that is now the bustling outer suburb of Campbelltown, in a state of shock. In one version of the story John claimed he had seen the ghost of Fred Fisher sitting on the rail of a bridge over a creek. The ghost pointed to a paddock down the creek then faded away. The body of Fred Fisher was later discovered in the paddock where the ghost had pointed.

The good citizens of Campbelltown are quite proud of their famous ghost and, like all towns and districts, Campbelltown needs some excuse to celebrate and attract tourists and visitors. For ten days every November the Festival of Fisher's Ghost is held. There is a street parade, the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, the Fisher's Ghost Fun Run, a street fair, craft exhibition and, fireworks.

 

Check out Stone the Crows Festival - held at Wagga Wagga - Every Easter

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