Festival of Fisher's Ghost

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Australia’s only apparition-focused festival is setting up spooks in Sydney once again. The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost has been taking over Campbeltown since 1956 with a host of free, quirky events around the region commemorating emancipated convict Fred Fisher, who’s said to have appeared to police in 1826 in post-living form to guide them to his remains and murderer.

This year, the celebrations are running from November 1-10, kicking into gear on Queen Street for the annual parade on Saturday, November 4. This will be a ghostly affair and attendees are encouraged to dress to a theme, with this year’s party celebrating heroes in all their forms, from Wonder Woman to local emergency service workers and volunteers. The following weekend there’ll be a huge street fair, which in the past has seen hundreds of stalls offering food, show bags, handmade jewellery and fashion, as well as a play zone for families and kids.

For those with more of a fierce constitution, there’s thrilling carnival rides and games on Bradbury Oval throughout the festivities. Other festival highlights include Nerd Con (a sci-fi and fantasy gathering similar to Oz Comic-Con), the opening night of the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award exhibition on November 1, and the fun run that’ll round out the festivities on November 10.

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