Big 40th birthday for Numeralla Folk Festival

The Numeralla Folk Festival is one of the biggest attractions of the local summer calendar - and it has added significance on the Australia Day long weekend by notching up its 40th year.

Dubbed 'the little festival with the big heart,' the Numeralla Folk Festival is the last traditional "free" folk festival in Australia. There are no tickets - entertainment and camping are completely free. Visitors and locals all enjoy a long weekend of music, poetry, dance, markets, dips in the river, and yarns around the campfire.

Highlights of the 40th festival will include the Youth Showcase on the Friday night where young musicians from the region will be displaying their musical mastery, and the "1975 Fancy Dress" bush dance on the Saturday night where everyone will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the festival.

There will, of course, be all the usual events - dance and music workshops (all ages and no prior skill required), poetry, fun kids' program, and the Sunday afternoon blackboard concert - seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way.

Sunday morning's markets showcase local sustainable produce. Amble about and sample the fresh food delights, pick up a bargain, listen to some Numeralla bluegrass music, and have a cuppa. If all this sounds too hectic, you can simply relax by the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or take in a yarn or a musicsession happening at the hall or the campsites.

Numeralla is located 20km east of Cooma in NSW.

There are no shops in the village but you can eat and drink heartily from the kitchen, barbecue and bar at the hall. There are two large campgrounds located at the junction of the Numeralla and Badja rivers. A dedicated band of community volunteers ensure that the campgrounds and hall are ready, the bar is stocked, the barbecue is sizzling, and the kitchen is waiting to tempt everyone with freshly cooked meals and goodies.

The kitchen, barbecue, bar, raffle and t-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to the community groups in the village including the Numeralla Countegany Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, Numeralla Public School P&C, Numeralla Landcare, and the Numeralla Tennis Club.

Numeralla welcomes one-and-all to come along and contribute to the weekend of January 24-27 and soak up the traditional atmosphere of the 40th Numeralla Folk Festival.

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