Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Largest event of the year in region Campbelltown, Macarthur November 4-13, 2016 FREE
The annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost – Australia’s only major festival inspired by an apparition – will be held across Campbelltown in in the historic Macarthur region from November 4-13, 2016.
The quirky, annual festival was first held in 1956 and has since become one of Sydney’s largest carnivals. Each year, Campbelltown comes to life with parades, rides, fireworks, children’s activities, a youth music gig and even a fun run.
The Dark Lake Interactive Horror Experience is a new event added to this year’s line-up. The fully immersive theatrical event will take small groups of audiences to a secret location where they will become part of a horror story that aims to be genuinely frightening. Not for the faint-hearted, the experience will run on the evenings of November 10, 11 and 12, and costs $20 per person.
Also new to 2016’s festival is a ‘Party in the Park’, held in Koshigaya Park on Saturday, November 5, and family fun days on Sunday, November 6 and 13 at Bradbury Park, featuring skating and circus workshops, animal farm and a freestyle motocross show. This year’s festival will also see the return of ‘Fisher’s Flicks’ on Friday, November 11. Held for the first time last year, the free spooky-themed outdoor cinema will show two films back-to-back – Monster House and Beetlejuice.
Fred Fisher was an emancipated convict who disappeared from his Campbelltown farm in 1826. Suspicion fell on Fisher’s neighbour, George Worrall, who had sold Fisher’s belongings. However, without the evidence of a body, he could not be tried for murder. Soon after, a local farmer stumbled into a hotel in a state of shock, claiming to have seen Fisher’s ghost pointing to one of Worrall’s paddocks. The police, aided by an indigenous tracker, found the body buried where the ghost had pointed and Worrell was charged with Fisher’s murder and later hanged. Fisher’s gravesite is located at St Peter’s Anglican Church cemetery in Campbelltown.
The legend has proved a popular story through the years, with the 10-day Festival of Fisher’s Ghost now broadening to showcase Macarthur’s rich and colourful history, cultural diversity and sense of fun.
For details of all events, most of which are free, visit www.fishersghost.com.au or call Campbelltown Information Centre on 02 4645 4921.