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Bermagui Blessing

The Bermagui Blessing is held at Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf against the magnificent backdrop of the harbour and Gulaga Mountain.


The non-denominational service is led by Reverend Joy Harris and blesses all watercraft
and crew who venture from Bermagui Harbour. Soloists and choirs lead the singing of the hymns.


Street Parade

The Bermagui Seaside Fair Street Parade is one of the opening events of the Fair. Locals and visitors alike thoroughly enjoy the spectacle of a live parade with everyone getting into the atmosphere of the Fair early in the day. Hundreds of spectators line both sides of Bermagui’s main street to watch the kilometre-long parade …. a colourful mix of groups, individuals, animals, vehicles and musicians.
 

The parade provides a showcase of the town’s community and business groups who dress up according to the ‘theme’ of the year. For each parade, floats are decorated according to the theme and participants range from the local SES and Rural Fire Service, the Bermagui Public School and Pre-School, various district vintage car clubs, pony clubs, sporting groups and local businesses.

In 2006 the street parade theme was ‘Seaside Living’. In 2007, to commemorate the 10th Annual Bermagui Seaside Fair, the theme was ‘Celebrations!’. The theme in 2008 was ‘Love the life we live!’. In 2009 it was “Bermagui Bling – Let’s Shine” and the town sparkled with glitter, tinsel and all manner of shiny things. The theme for the 2010 Fair was “Bermagui: Proud of Our Place”. Reflecting Bermagui’s fishing history and the multitude of activities to be enjoyed on the beautiful waters in and around Bermagui, the theme for 2011 was “Messin’ About in Boats”. Just for the fun of it, the theme in 2012 was “Hey Hey It’s Hat Day!”, and in 2013 it was "B for beautiful Bermagui".
 

In 2014 the theme was "Bermagui - Out of This World" which conjured some fantastic
fun outfits! The “Pirate Pageant” theme in 2015 was extremely popular with both kids and adults and there was all manner of fun pirate-related dress. In 2016 the fancy dress theme was “Rio Olympics”.

 

The theme for 2017 is "20th Birthday Mad Hatters Party". To participate in the parade download an entry form here.



Kids Entertainment & Free Novelty Events

The kid’s entertainment program is a highlight of the Bermagui Seaside Fair. A children’s show guaranteed to captivate and delight both young and old is held around 11.00am on Dickinson Oval. There are also free novelty events – such as three legged, egg and spoon and sack races – which run all day after the street parade and every child gets to choose and keep their favourite from a huge box of stuffed toys.

And there’s lots more … the carnival, sandcastle competition, pet pageant, fireworks.


“Art in Place” Themed Art Exhibition

A major attraction of the Seaside Fair is the “Art in Place” themed art exhibition which provides local artists with the opportunity to exhibit their works and the community with an opportunity to enjoy and appraise it.

The exhibition is held during the week preceding the Bermagui Seaside Fair and has produced some very exciting and interesting work from participating artists.
 

Click here to download an entry form and artist's theme document for the 2017 Art in Place themed art show.
 


Photographic Exhibition

2006 saw the first stand alone photographic exhibition at the Bermagui Seaside Fair. It was a tremendous success and has gained in popularity each year since. People’s Choice Awards in senior and junior categories enable visitors to the exhibition to become involved and nominate their favourite photographic work.

The Photographic Exhibition opens on the Friday before the Fair and closes on the Sunday after the Fair when prizes are presented based on the People's Choice votes. Up to three photos are allowed per exhibitor.

The Photographic Exhibition is held in the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club, a wonderful venue overlooking beautiful Horseshoe Bay Beach.

 

Click here to download an entry form for the 2017 Photographic Exhibition.
 


Arts & Crafts Exhibition

The Arts and Crafts exhibition has always been a major feature of the Bermagui Seaside Fair and includes a fabulous array of painting, pottery, leadlight, glasswork, woodwork, needlecraft and china.
 

The Arts & Crafts exhibition is also held in the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club.

 

Click here to download an entry form for the 2017 Arts & Crafts Exhibition.


 

Sandcastle Competition

The Marshall & Tacheci Real Estate Sandcastle Competition is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family or a group of friends to spend an hour or two letting their creativity run wild in the sands of beautiful Horseshoe Bay Beach.

Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and bring a drink. Great prizes to be won!


Live Entertainment

The two stages on Dickinson Oval provide entertainment and demonstrations all day long. The program is varied and includes live bands, dance, choirs, music, fashion, cooking, karate and audience involvement activities.

 

Market Stalls

The Bermagui Seaside Fair showcases the quality and diverse nature of goods and services the region has to offer. It focuses on quality produce, cultural activities and the local services available to visitors and residents of the Sapphire Coast.

The Fair attracts up to 10,000 people and is promoted via a wide reaching media campaign with a strong emphasis throughout NSW, ACT and Victoria. With over 100 stall sites available, it will give you the opportunity to demonstrate, discuss and sell your products and services.

Click here to download an application form for a stall at the 2017 Bermagui Seaside Fair.