Since 2004 the Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival has been held each year on the 3rd Weekend in October,
providing a variety of entertainment and activities for locals and visitors.


Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival has included top country music artists, such as Tom Maxwell , PeterCoad and the Coad Sisters. Tom and Patsy Routledge, Runaway Dixie, Terry Simpson , John and Christine Smith, and many more.
There is also an impressive display of Hand Made Quilts and Patchwork items that runs during the festival and the ever popular Sunday Markets

Program of Events

This year's festival will be held from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th October 2016


6.30PM - SausageSizzle and Walk-Up's at the Showground with Charmaine Pout


3.00 PM - "About Our Town" , An informative stroll around town with local Historian , Bill Speirs

6.30PM - Sausage Sizzle and Free Entertainment at the Ariah Park Hotel featuring Craig Giles and Charmaine Pout , Bowling Club Coutesy Bus available


10.00 AM - Town Walk as for Thursaday

9.00 AM to 3.30PM - Enjoy a Cuppa while viewing the Largest Teapot / Tea Memorabilia Collection in the Riverina , Also view a large Collection of Crosscut Saw's - $2.00 Entry at 21 George Street

2.00 PM - Barefoot Bowls at the Ariah Park Bowling Club

5.00 PM - Walk-up's at the Ariah Park Hotel with Charmaine Pout

7.00 PM - Dance the night away at the Ariah Park Hotel to the music of popular local band "Lock , Stock and Bingle" , Coutesy Bus available to Hotel and Bowling Club

Saturday :

All Entertainment will be held undercover at the Ariah Park Showground's

8.00Am - 10.00AM - Poet's Breakfast at the Showground Pavilion
With Ray Essery , "The Mullumbimby Bloke"

10.15AM - Introducing Dame Mary Gilmore

10.30AM - 6.00PM

Cost - Adults $25.00
Students 16 and Over $5.00
Children Accompanied by an Adult FREE

Food and Refreshments Available at the Showground

BYO Folding Chair , BYO Alcohol , NO GLASS

7.30PM - 9.30PM - Graham Rodger and Dale Duncan will perform a Free Concert at the Showground

BBQ and Refreshment Facilities provided by Ariah Park Men's Shed

10.00AM - 4.00PM - Quilt and Patchwork Display

$2.00 Entry at the Memorial Hall Supper Room


8.30AM - 2.00PM

Main Street Markets

Taste of Ariah Park

A wide variety of Food Stalls , Farmerts Markets and Market Stalls including Woodwork , Pickles , Lollies , Cakes , Plants , Clothing , Jams and Trash and Treasure

Buskers and Children's Amusements

Carriage Rides and Vintage Car Display

Old Westpac Building open for Inspection

Sandwiches , Slices , Tea and Coffee available at the CWA Rooms

9.30AM - 10.30AM

Gospel Singing will be held on the Lawns of "The Peppers" , Senior Housing Units , 41 - 43 Coolamon Street

10.00AM - 3.00PM

Quilt and Patchwork Display

$2.00 Entry at the Memorial Hall Supper Room
Noon - 4.00PM
Open Country Garden
Entry by Gold Coin Donation
View a Country Garden on the village outskirts
Perhaps travel out there in a 1928 Studebaker
Devonshire Tea available at extra charge

Sunday Markets

The market day is held on the last day of the festival. The street is closed to traffic, and the stalls are many and varied. Usually we end up with around 30 stalls such as Jewellery , Clothing , Antiques , & Collectables , Home Made Jams and Pickles , Cement Products , Goat Products , Candles etc.

As we are part of the locally grown food trail, we try to have as many locally made foods here as well.

There is usually several food stalls, ie BBQs, Popcorn, Ice Cream, as well as utilising our local food shops

Entertainment consists of Stalls (of course), Carriage Rides provided by Temora Carriage Club

Kevin Harper is usually there with his train for Rotary and sometimes some Jumping Castles etc for the kids.

Confirmed Artists

Ray is the face of every rural farmer. His capacity to project the stoicism earthy and fatalistic humour of the bush is spellbinding. It's sometimes difficult to ascertain where Ray stops and the character begins. Also a finalist in the single recorded performance of this year's Bush Laureate Awards, Ray's gentle bewilderment in the face of the modern world and his mythical life long romance with Shirley Friend are an integral part of the nature of bush comedy.

Graham Rodger
In 1998 as a full time entertainer Graham released his first album. In just seventeen years Graham has amassed 78 major country music awards, including the Golden Guitar and Hands of Fame. A brief summary of his achievements include:- · Hands of Fame recipient. · Golden Guitar winner (plus 13 appearances in finals). · Numerically the leading recipient of Tamworth People’s Choice Awards. · The leading holder of Tamworth Songwriting Association Awards, with a total of 27 which is more than double the success of any other artist.

Tom Maxwell
An accomplished entertainer, Tom has already released 10 successful albums, and has made the finals in many of Australia’s Country Music Awards including the Prestigious StarMaker and the Golden Guitars with his most recent nomination in 2014 for Bush Ballad of the Year. In January 2010, Tom was inducted into the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth, an honour awarded to those for their services and contribution within the Australian Country Music Industry.

Errol Gray
From his home base in Sawtell on the north coast of NSW, singer/songwriter and teller of tall stories, ERROL GRAY travels Australia with his one man show THE BACKYARD BALLADEER. With his acoustic guitar, stompbox, harmonica and a distinctly Aussie sense of humour, ERROL has his audience cracking up with songs and the occasional bush poem about everyday situations that happen to us all. With song titles like WORKING FOR CENTRELINK, THEY WONDER WHY YOU DRINK, JUST LET IT RIP and TURDULENCE (The Dreaded Bedpan) I'm sure you get the idea.

Shelly & Lester
They have enjoyed extensive National and overseas radio airplay together with their latest video airing on Australian Country Music Channel TV. So far their album I’m In Trouble, has produced 2 European Country Music Charts hits and 4 hits in the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Charts. That earned them a nomination at this year’s Gold Medallion Media Awards in Tamworth for National Group/Duo of the Year for 2015. They also received a nomination in the 2015 TSA National Songwriting Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year topping off what has been a successful album and eventful year.

Dale Duncan
During the past three years, Dale has concentrated more on his solo career. He has appeared on stage with such artists including, Pixie Jenkins, Mitchell Shadlow, Col Finley, Pam Spencer, Gordon Parsons and Slim Dusty, just to name a few! In April 2005, Dale took his band “Santa Fe” up to Alstonville NSW, to record his debut album and what an album it turned out to be.. Titled “A Trucker’s Life”, this album has nothing to prove, nothing to do with fashions or markets or radio play or anything else except just making and playing great country music. There’s nothing fancy here, in fact most of the album is mid paced, a couple of blue grass numbers, but great stories, great lyrics, their just great songs. Favourites here are Three Words Daddy, with a nice violin intro and gently rolling delivery, a bit in the DON WILLIAMS tradition, and The Ghost Of Gully Creek, a hardwood floor stomper.