Festival of Fisher's Ghost

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Fair ground with rides.
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History meets horror at this locally haunted ten-day fair

With Halloween on the horizon, it’s no surprise Australia’s only apparition-based festival is setting up spooks in Sydney. The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost takes over Campbeltown each year with a host of free, quirky spectral 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 2-11, kicking into gear on Queen Street for the annual parade on Saturday, November 3. This will be a ghostly affair and attendees are encouraged to dress the part. The following weekend there’ll be a huge fair of 100 stalls serving 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 the screening of the original Ghostbusters at Koshigaya Park's outdoor cinema on November 3, the fun run on November 11 and Fisher’s Gig, where more than 3000 young Sydenysiders gather for an afternoon of live music at Bradbury Park, headlined by the Vanns, Bootleg Rascal and Rackett on November 3.

By: Olivia Gee

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