Festivals & Events

Get your family and friends together and enjoy the fun and excitement of Hay Shire’s many festivals and events.

From the annual Australian Mini Nationals to the traditional Hay Show, Hay Rodeo and the Hay Jockey Club Races, there is something in Hay Shire for everyone.

Breakout and Escape Day
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 2017 6:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

On the night of 27th June 1945, some Japanese Prisoners of War (POW's) planned a breakout from Camp 7, north of West Hay. Because of the line of fire from Light Machine Gun (LMG) posts at various points, west Hay and Mungadal  were evacuated and the town put on full alert.

Most of the Japanese POW's had been transferred to Hay following the Cowra breakout of Saturday 5th August 1944.

Italian Captain Edgardo Simone (the fox or le volpe) was sent to Hay Camp because of two previous escapes. He escaped again from Hay.

On Sat 24  June at the Museum,  learn more about the Hay threatened Japanese  breakout  and 1  successful and 3  foiled Italian escapes. Drinks and nibbles served from 5-6pm.

Owned by Admin Account On Friday, January 27, 2017