The smells, sounds and thrills of the fair are coming to Mudgee in November.
With the recent easing of restrictions for outdoor gatherings in NSW, small events are beginning to come back into communities that have been starved for big events.
That's exactly what The Fun Fair are hoping to capitalise on when they bring their travelling carnival to Mudgee in the early weeks of November.
General manager Jade Evans said it's been a tough year for events like this and people are keen to get back and enjoy some the traditional carnival atmosphere with a dagwood dog in hand.
"We obviously normally we work a lot of the large shows like The Royal Easter show and things, pre-COVID," she said.
And then with the cancellation of big events throughout the year, we decided to get together with a couple of vendors and ride owners and said, you know, 'could we make this work with 500 people? How could we do it?' It's not to make a lot of money, but we wanted to make a really family value event."
The organisers worked with an industry body to make sure the event is able to travel to regional areas safely while being COVIDSafe. Already the fair has been to places like Bathurst and Dapto with success.
Feedback has been positive enough that a Friday evening session has been added to accommodate the amount of people wanting to attend.
Jade said there will be a $30 ticket available which will get you unlimited rides on your chosen day as well as cheaper tickets for people not interested in rides.
What can you expect when you walk through the gate?
Jade said there's more than just rides on offer including a sideshow, showbags and travelling and local food trucks and product stalls.
"There will be rides like dodgem cars, a ferris wheel from Italy, the roundup, the zoomer as well as small rides for children aged three to 16," she said.
"We're also using a lot of local stalls too. There have been a lot of stallholders not able to go to markets and that kind of thing, so I think we have about 12 of them so far and we've got some local food trucks and then we've obviously got some from out of town too."
One of these outside vendors will be offering 'Dole Whip' a product previously only available at Disneyland parks and at Dole's processing plant in Hawaii. However in April this year, Disney shared the official recipe online for people who wanted to make it at home during COVID.
This will be the first time many people will be able to try Dole Whip in its original form.
"One of our operators has imported it into Australia and it will be the first time it's ever come to Mudgee, it's an Australia first and we will have Dole Whip here in Mudgee," Jade said.
COVID marshalls will be in attendance in line with the rules and rides will be regularly wiped down with sanitiser.
Each day is split into two four-hour sessions, so when buying tickets keep this in mind. You must choose which session you want to attend.
Where: Mudgee Racecourse.
- Saturday and Sunday November 7/8: 11am-3pm / 4pm-8pm both days.
- Friday November 13: 4pm - 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday November 14/15: 11am-3pm / 4pm-8pm both days.
Parking: $5 entry free parking on site.
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