Annual Events

Annual attractions and events in Cootamundra

JANUARY: the Annual Unisex Touch Football Carnival.  A popular event that attracts a large number of local and out of town visitors to compete in the carnival, which is held at Nicholson and Fisher Parks over two big days. Prize money is up for grabs for the winning teams.

JANUARY: Australia Day Festivities. Australia Day (held on the 26th of January each year) is a mammoth community effort here in Cootamundra where families attend a Breakfast in the Park, held at Jubilee Park and catered by local charities and organisations. The most anticipated part of Australia Day is the announcement of the Australia Day Citizen, Young Person and Sportsperson of the Year.

JANUARY: Bradman Letter. The annual Bradman Letter cricket match between Cootamundra and Bowral is always hotly contested amongst Cootamundra’s finest young gun cricketers. Played at ‘Cootamundra’s reknown cricketing oval Albert Park.

FEBRUARY: Cootamundra Beach Volleyball Carnival. The one time of the year when the normal country setting of Cootamundra is turned into a beach with tones of sand dumped in the shady and picturesque side street of Murray Street where more than 100 teams from Cootamundra and all over the state take to the sand to play Beach Volleyball over two huge days complete with beach sprints and a well established triathlon event. Prize money is up for grabs for the winning teams.

MARCH: Stockinbingal Village Fair. The annual Stockinbingal Village Fair is one of the biggest events to be staged in Stockinbingal, a small village town within the Cootamundra Shire. The Fair features an array of old time relays, races and traditional events with the modern fun twist of jelly wrestling and mud wrestling. More than 30 market stalls are also set up with community organisations and charities also helping out. The Fair coincides with the annual Stock Fair Cycle Race hosted by the Cootamundra Cycle Club which sees competitors travel from far and wide to take part.

MARCH/APRIL: Cootamundra Boots n All B&S Ball. All roads lead to Cootamundra over the Easter long weekend each year where B&S revelers descend on the Cootamundra Showground for a night of entertainment and fun. The B&S Ball is hosted by the Cootamundra Strikers Club and is the Strikers Club’s major annual fundraiser.

APRIL: Picnic Races. The Cootamundra Picnic Races are a great day for the whole family. With marquees lining the finish line it is also a great opportunity for businesses to socialize and promote their business in a fun and relaxing setting.

APRIL: Anzac Day. Anzac Day continues to grow from strength to strength in Cootamundra with more and more younger children and school students taking part in commemorative dawn and morning services and marches throughout the shire.

APRIL: Baldry Shield Small Schools Athletics Carnival. One of the most anticipated events on the region’s small schools calendar where all small schools convoy to the Barry Grace Oval at Wallendbeen where the Wallendbeen Public School plays host. The Baldry Shield has been a long standing tradition in the region and kicks off each year with the iconic march around the oval with the winning school being decided by the Cootamundra mayor and deputy mayor.

MAY: Hay Carters. The Hay Carters Cycle Race is another major cycling race here in Cootamundra.  The first Coota Hay Carters Race was run as a fundraising interclub race. It has grown from a once 40 field race to one of the biggest handicap races for its distance staged in NSW. The race is held in May each year and continues to grow and attract riders from all areas of NSW and Victoria.

MAY: Cootamundra Dog Show. The Cootamundra Dog Show is a major tourism injection into Cootamundra with dog owners from all over NSW and even interstate bringing their canine pooches to Cootamundra to compete in the well reputable Dog Show event hosted by the Cootamundra All Breeds Kennel Club.

AUGUST: Wattle Time. Cootamundra is renown for its Cootamundra Wattle and each year when the first wattle begins to bloom and take the iconic bright yellow colour the town celebrates throughout the month of August which has been renamed as ‘Wattle Time’. One of the most tight lipped secrets in Cootamundra is the announcement of the Cootamundra Herald Miss Wattle who represents the community at all Wattle Time events.

AUGUST: Wattle Time Art Show. The Wattle Time Art Show has been an annual tradition in Cootamundra  for more than 30 years, each year the show attracts artists locally, from around the region and even interstate to showcase their art pieces. Prior to 2012 the Cootamundra Soroptimist International Group were the hosts of the Art Show event with Can Assist Cootamundra taking on the running of the event for the first time in 2012.

AUGUST: Cootamundra Annual Cycle Race. The first Coota Annual Classic was run in 1955. Held during August, this 105 km long race still continues to attract quality fields

AUGUST: Business Awards. The Cootamundra Business Awards are hosted by the Cootamundra Development Corporation (CDC) each August as an opportunity to recognise stand out businesses and employees who go above and beyond what is asked of them.

SEPTEMBER: Cootamundra Antique Motor Club Father’s Day Swap Meet. Is held on Father’s Day each year with a large number of markets and stalls set up at the Show Ground. There is sure to be something for everyone and a bargain to be had.

OCTOBER: Cootamundra Show. The Cootamundra Show has a longstanding tradition with the people of Cootamundra running for more 122 years. As well as the usual side show alley attractions, arena events including cattle, sheep, wool and grain judging, an extensive program of horse events, junior judging categories, the popular pavilion attractions and the announcement of the annual Cootamundra Show Miss Show Girl.

NOVEMBER: Lions Christmas Carnival. The popular family friendly Christmas Carnival hosted by the Cootamundra Lions Club is always a popular event for local and out of town families. The Carnival features an array of side show alley attractions and rides, it wouldn’t be a Christmas Carnival without an appearance from Santa.

DECEMBER: Wallendbeen Christmas Fair. The Wallendbeen Red Cross members wanted to bring the people of Wallendbeen together by creating a family fair complete with entertainment and an array of traditional home cooked meals, cakes and slices hence the reason the annual Wallendbeen Christmas Fair was born. The Fair is rotated between the Barry Grace Oval and the Wallendbeen Memorial Hall as its venue each year.

DECEMBER: Christmas festivities. The Cootamundra Development Corporation together with the support of local businesses and the people of Cootamundra builds on the excitement of the lead up to Christmas by hosting a number of Christmas festivities including a community street party to promote the shop local philosophy. The support of the business community and local residents continues to grow each year. The Christmas street party features a stage with local entertainment, an opportunity for children and families to have their photographs taken with Santa and a fun filled setting where all Christmas shopping can be done including the last minute items. The street party is generally held on the Thursday evening before Christmas.