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.
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
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
In 2014 the theme was
"Bermagui - Out of This World" which conjured some fantastic
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
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
And there’s lots more … the carnival, sandcastle competition, pet
“Art in Place” Themed
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.
here to download an entry form and
artist's theme document for the 2017 Art in Place themed art show.
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
The Photographic Exhibition is held in the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving
Club, a wonderful venue overlooking beautiful Horseshoe Bay Beach.
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.
here to download
an entry form for the 2017 Arts & Crafts Exhibition.
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
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
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
here to download an application form for a stall at the 2017
Bermagui Seaside Fair.