Tasmania is the Queen of Events. So what’s the Middleton Country Fair then? We all know about the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. And the Hobart waterfront will be buzzing with people for the end of year Taste Festival. But do you know about this gorgeous little event held each February in The Channel region south of the capital?

Middleton Country Fair - Auch

Auch: D’entrecasteaux Channel near Middleton

Middleton Country Fair

A 45 minute drive from Hobart boasting views of the picturesque D’entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, lead us to Middleton. Country Fair Scarecrow Competition entrants were a feature of the trip. Dressed in all manner of amusing and elaborate costumes, the scarecrows made for an entertaining journey. And we were lucky enough to see some of the Sydney to Hobart boats sailing in The Channel.

Entertainment and Activities in Tasmania

No one can complain about the variety of entertainment in Tasmania. This selection featured at Middleton Country Fair…

  • Marionette Theatre puppets impersonating Dolly Parton and Michael Jackson
  • Local swamp blues/rock duo The Middletones
  • Ethiopian dancers in traditional costume
  • A gentleman playing (wait for it) a washboard

Middleton Country Fair Animals

Always a favourite with the kids, the farmyard at Middleton Country Fair certainly didn’t disappoint. I’m a country girl myself, but I was still enthralled with the sheep dogs and chickens. I wasn’t such a big wrap for the reptiles, especially the snakes! But judging by the big crowd, plenty of others thought they were impressive.

Hobart Showground - Royal Hobart Show

Middleton Country Fair dog

Market Stalls

With over 80 stalls and trade displays, promotion of local business was clearly on the agenda of the Middleton Country Fair organisers. Crafts and food and plants… all the usual market suspects. My favourite was the stall by Butterflies of Glaziers Bay.

Middleton Country Fair - Butterflies of Glaziers Bay

Middleton Country Fair: Butterflies of Glaziers Bay

Motor Vehicles

Vintage cars, rally cars, fire trucks and tractors. All a kid’s dream come true really. Interspersed with pony rides, lucky dips and fishing games. What more could you want for a day of family activities in Tasmania?

Middleton Country Fair - Vintage Cars

Vintage cars: Middleton Country Fair

Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

Showing off the green thumbs of The Channel, the display of fresh produce in the hall was magnificent. It looked very colourful; and good enough to eat.

Middleton Country Fair - Vegetables

Middleton Country Fair: vegetables on display

Even the Premier of Tasmania

Making an appearance at the 2010 event during an election year, Premier Bartlett and his family enjoyed some of the attractions with the general public. I’m sure the committee of volunteers appreciated his support. Funds raised will be used to improve facilities in the area for locals and tourists.

There was a modest entry fee for the Middleton Country Fair and lucky gate prizes were drawn throughout the day. The event has historically been held annually on the first Saturday in February.

 

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