Try. Just try and get through this post without ‘Fairground’ by Simply Red entering your brain. Considering you’ve probably already failed, we’ll just get on with the good stuff.
The Fairgrounds Festival, set in Berry is a festival for those keen to harken back to the days when ‘festival’ wasn’t synonymous with gumboots and deep house (although we do enjoy that from time to time). After a popular inaugural event, Fairgrounds is back and ready to reveal all it has to offer for the whole family.
Cinema Under the Stars will kick things off on Friday 4th December with a free showing of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro followed by Searching For Sugar Man, a doco on 70’s musician and part-time rouge, Rodgriguez. The party really gets started on Saturday 5th December with performers Father John Misty, C.W. Stoneking, Ratatat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more all rockin’ the big stage.
Truth be told, aside from Ratatat and the other fetching headliners, we’re headed to Fairgrounds for one simple reason and that’s sweet, sweet victory. Fairgrounds, ever the altruist, gives us competitive adults the ability to compete in the games of our youth—sack races, Twister, the egg and spoon race—all with the keen biomechanical understanding of an adult (we’re looking at you evil sack race). You should also pack some swimmers, ‘cause you can bet a pool race is on next. Prepare for bruises in three… two…
Those not content with Twister triumph can perhaps slyly elbow their way into the designated kids’ hay bale maze, custom-built planetarium dome and Story Time from special guests. After all is said and done, parents can drop rugrats off at the childcare zone for wine, cheese and C.W. Stoneking.
The weekend wraps up with the renowned Berry Markets on Sunday 6th December. Peruse 200+ stalls filled with handmade goodies and locally grown produce before heading back down to Sydney to bask in the glory of your egg and spoon race win.
- What: Fairgrounds Festival
- When: Saturday 5th December - Sunday 6th December, 2015
- Where: Berry, NSW
- Transport: Two hours drive from Sydney with a shuttle bus from Central Station on Saturday 5 December.
- Tickets: Tickets are available here. Kids under 12 enter the festival for free.
Image credit: Douglas Lance Gibson