The village of Newbridge is set to come alive this weekend for the sixth annual Winter Solstice Festival, celebrating the shortest day of the year.
From noon this Saturday, the festival will transform Newbridge into a procession of medieval demonstrations, magical performances and unique street stalls.
Newbridge Progress Association president Wayne Moore said attendees can expect a grand snapshot of what the small village has to offer.
"For a village of only 100 residents, it's quite extraordinary that we're able to put on an event like this each year," Mr Moore said.
"The festival attracts people from as far away as Sydney and Canberra, which helps broaden Newbridge's appeal for tourists."
A key aspect of the festival is its strong focus on medieval culture, with professional sword fighting serving as one of the centrepiece attractions.
The event will also feature dance performances, a trained magician and live music from the Grimm Brothers and the Blues Angels.
At 5pm, the festival will band together to observe the lighting of the wicker man, which Mr Moore said marks the sunset of the winter solstice.
"We'll be selling little wicker men on the day, which will allow visitors to throw any negative thoughts into the fire and watch them go up in smoke," he said.
The festival will also feature a lolly chase for children looking to enhance their sweet tooth.
Mr Moore said the festival has been building steadily each year, and is now considered Newbridge's premier event.
"We gave ourselves around five years to build the festival into something capable of drawing large crowds," he said.
"Last year's festival drew in well over 1000 people, a far cry from the 150 or so who attended the inaugural event."
The festival has received generous support from the neighbouring Blayney community, with Regis Resources and Blayney Mower and Heating Centre serving as key sponsors for the event.
The event will take place on the lawn of Newbridge's Gladstone Hotel.
Entry costs $2 at the gate.