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Kempsey National Events

As a small town located in the mid-north coast region of New South Wales, Kempsey is known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant local community. Throughout the year, the town and its surrounding areas host a range of nationally and globally recognized annual events that celebrate the region's unique heritage and showcase its many attractions. Let's take a closer look at some of these events and what makes them special.

Macadamia Festival

The Macadamia Festival is held annually in September in the nearby town of Nambucca Heads, just a short drive away from Kempsey. This vibrant celebration of one of the region's most iconic crops brings together local growers, producers, and foodies to enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and of course, plenty of delicious macadamia creations.

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival

Held in October each year, the Slim Dusty Country Music Festival is a must-attend event for lovers of Australian country music. The festival celebrates the life and career of legendary country singer Slim Dusty, who was born and raised in nearby Nulla Nulla Creek. Visitors can enjoy performances from a wide range of local and national artists, as well as explore the town's rich country music heritage.

Hat Head Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Located just a short drive from Kempsey, the charming coastal town of Hat Head hosts the Trailing of the Sheep Festival each year in November. This unique event celebrates the town's history as a hub for sheep farming, with visitors able to witness a traditional sheep drive through the streets of Hat Head. The festival also includes market stalls, live music, and plenty of delicious food and drink.

Kempsey Show

The Kempsey Show is an annual event that has been running for over 100 years and celebrates the best of rural life in the region. Held over two days in early February, the show features everything from livestock judging and equestrian competitions to carnival rides, live entertainment, and gourmet food and drink stalls. Visitors can explore the showgrounds and learn about the history of agriculture in the region, as well as enjoy all the fun fair attractions.

Gladstone Quality Markets

The Gladstone Quality Markets take place every month in the nearby town of Gladstone, just a short drive from Kempsey. This vibrant community market offers a range of locally made crafts, clothing, and food, as well as live entertainment and children's activities. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Gladstone Reserve and picnic in the shade of the towering trees.

In addition to these annual events, Kempsey and its surrounding areas offer a range of other attractions and activities throughout the year. Visitors can explore the stunning Macleay Valley coastline, hike in the nearby national parks, or visit the many historic sites and museums that showcase the region's fascinating cultural heritage.

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor from afar, Kempsey and its surrounds offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the best of rural life in New South Wales. The annual events listed above are just a few of the ways that you can join in the celebrations and experience the unique charm and character of this vibrant community.

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