Residents share their Fisher’s Ghost ideas

Unlimited rides, food and greater school involvement.

That’s what the people of Campbelltown would like to see brought to the annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost.

Councillor Paul Lake believes the festival is in need of a revamp and the Advertiser asked its readers what they wanted to see each year.

Several Facebook users getting school involvement back up to the levels of previous years would be a great start.

“[They should] encourage all schools to be more involved, like they used to be,” Sue Gay said.

“It was fun doing floats [in the parade] – best float schools wins a prize.”

Krystal Bradbury agreed and suggested schools could also become more involved in the festival’s annual music event – Fisher’s Gig.

She also called for more activities to entertain the region’s youngest residents.

“If there was more child specific entertainment during the day a lot more parents would bring their children along,” she said.

“It seems to be attracting seedy groups of people and parents don’t feel it’s as safe as it used to be.”

Merle Thompson and Nicole Richardson wanted to see the festival return to its roots and honour the history of Fisher’s Ghost.

“[I’d like to see] traditional costumes of the era of Fisher’s Ghost to show off our heritage,” Ms Thompson said.

“And local stalls for local information to show what’s around the area and our history.”

Ms Richardson said: “Let’s take it back to the beginning and the meaning behind Fisher’s Ghost.

“The food, horse and cart, clothes they wore – we have such a wonderful history in Campbelltown, let’s bring that back to the festival and parade.”

Lexie Nooyen, Ms Bradbury and Elizabeth Gully all called for unlimited carnival ride passes for children, while Thiru Nagan felt greater efforts should be made to combine the festival with Halloween.

Ms Thompson also suggested stalls featuring foods from the cultures of Campbelltown people should be incorporated into the festival.

James Mullaney thought the festival was a lost cause.

“The halcyon days of the festival are long gone,” he said.

“One hundred and thirty years after the death of Fred Fisher, in 1956, the festival started.

“Now in 2016, the people are being asked how to reinvigorate something that even local schools don’t teach the history of.”

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