Fisher’s Ghost Festival Set to Spook Sydney – one of the city’s strangest and biggest festivals – Macarthur

Published on : Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fishers-Ghost-Festival-300x269One of Sydney’s biggest and quirkiest carnivals, the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, will celebrate the infamous ghost, Fred Fisher, in the historic Macarthur region from October 30 to November 9, 2014.
The festival was first held in 1956 and this year the region’s largest annual event will once again take over the streets and parks of Campbelltown for 10 days with parades, thrill rides, fireworks, street fairs, fun run, craft expos, free outdoor concerts and art awards.

 
Starting the day before Halloween (October 30), the spooky-themed festival is a celebration of Macarthur’s rich colonial history, cultural diversity and sense of fun. Fisher, an emancipated convict, mysteriously disappeared from his Campbelltown farm in 1826. Soon after, a local farmer stumbled into a hotel in a state of shock, claiming he had seen the ghost of Fred Fisher hovering above a creek bridge. Fisher’s ghost was pointing to a paddock down the stream where his body was later found. A neighbour, George Worrall, who tried to sell Fisher’s assets after the disappearance, was charged over the murder and hanged.

 
The giant street parade – one of the major events – on Saturday, November 1 is a huge spectacle with colourful floats, marching bands, local schools and cultural groups coming together to celebrate not just the iconic ghost but also the 30th anniversary of the Campbelltown-Koshigaya sister city relationship.

 

 

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