Boorowa Is A Hive Of Activity For The 25th Boorowa Irish Woolfest

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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IMAGE: The Boorowa Rovers with their friends and family proudly lead their community in the street parade at the Boorowa Irish Woolfest.

Who would have thought that running sheep through the streets as the crowning element of a community event would entice visiting crowds year after year?

That is exactly what the Boorowa Irish Woolfest has done, though.

In its 25th year, this Festival had people lining the streets of Boorowa, cheering and calling out as the working dogs herded the sheep through those same streets on Sunday, October 1.

The Boorowa community was abuzz with excitement to celebrate their Irish heritage with markets, shearing demonstrations, dancing and, of course, the famous running of the sheep.

Boorowa was blessed with perfect weather for the monumental silver anniversary event.

The street parade started at 12 noon with the Boorowa Rovers leading with pride, rightfully showing off their grand final win once again.

There were passionate cheers from the crowd showing their pride for the boys who just recently brought home the grand final win for the first time in 40 years.

Following the Rovers were the vintage tractors, the Bee Centre, local primary schools, the Goldies Rugby Union Club and a few of the local first responders.

Finally, the event everyone was waiting for, the running of the sheep. Sheep came bounding up the street, carefully controlled by a few skillful stockmen and their working dogs.

After the parade, many attendees went and enjoyed the array of markets speckled throughout the town.

Many enjoyed the extra entertainment that was provided by the woodchoppers, dancers, buskers and more.

The atmosphere was incredible for the entire weekend.

One attendee said they loved Boorowa and had never experienced a town with such a bright and welcoming vibe before.

They said they visited every year and were never disappointed. Art lovers were able to visit the Boorowa Museum and the Boorowa Irish Woolfest Art Show, which officially opened with a cocktail party.

Hotels and clubs hosted live music and delicious meals for those visitors staying in Boorowa for both days of the Festival.

There was also a foodies and movie night, with food markets, face painting, a jumping castle and fireworks at the Recreation Club.

What better way to round out the night than kicking back to watch some outdoor cinema?

Sunday was also a feast for the senses, with a colourful street parade, complete with entertainers, there was Irish music and dancing, demonstrations, activities for all ages, market stalls and delicious food stalls.

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