Thursday, September 30, 2010
Boorowa's Irish Woolfest
Next Sunday I will be off to the Boorowa Irish Woolfest and the now popular "Running of the Sheep".
Up to 15,000 people are expected to line Boorowa's main street to watch the town's annual Running of the Sheep and celebrate the district's Irish heritage. It will be the 13th time the event, part of Boorowa's Irish Woolfest, has been held.
The day will also feature a street parade with about 40 floats. There will be live music, shearing activities, dancers, an animal farm, a growers' market and craft and wool stalls. Boorowa's Irish history stemmed from when two convicts sent to Australia from Clonoulty, Ireland, were ''given a ticket of leave to get some land in the area''. They asked all their friends and relatives to come and live here and before long we got this huge Irish contingent.
The Woolfest events kick-off with a billycart derby at 8am, which, initself is a real hoot, as there is only one suitable hill in the area and its on the Main Road to Cowra, so some improvisation needs to occur.
Here's a link to the program - Boorowa's Irish Woolfest