So, don the astronaut outfits that have been gathering dust in your cupboard, or those incredible giant pants and orange wigs that have been floating around, and whether you are David Bowie or a creature from a planet far, far away, you are wanted and welcome to join the incredible fun of the Fete.
Always guaranteed to be loads of fun with lots of showbags, rides, bargains galore and lots and lots of food and drink options. Make sure you note this day in your diary.
What I have always loved about the Antonio Park Fete]local school fetes, which have somewhat changed over the last few years, are those amazing traditional stalls. Whether it is a collection of 'mum baked' cakes and toffees or trash 'n treasure, Antonio Park Primary sure taps into the 'old school' fun of fete atmosphere, quite literally.
The stalls this year compromise of a doughnut stall, second hand clothes, second hand books, jam and cake stall, pre-loved toy stall, trash 'n treasure- just to name a few. Crafts and competitions also make a welcome addition with lucky numbers, the raffle, lob-a-choc, silent auction, stage auction and captivating craft on display Kids are encouraged to have some hand on fun at the 'Get Arty' star or the Jaffa Smash.
New stalls this year include Italian biscuits (yum!!), nachos, spinning wheel and a Photo Booth where the kids (or adults) can grab a happy snap for $4.
Fete passports for kids are available where the kids can collect all the stamps from the stalls and get a prize. What fun.
Not forgetting the bigger kids, (by bigger kids, I also mean us adults) there are numerous rides to enjoy such as the Cha Cha, Dodgem Cars and Round Up. For the younger kids, Tea cups, Track Train, Mini Ferris Wheel, High Five activity Combo and Combat Challenge are all there to enjoy, together with the no age restricted Giant Slide, and my personal favourite, the Animal Farm. So lots of fun for everyone.
Wristbands are available to purchase on Fete day for $35 (school age and adult) or $30 if purchased prior to Fete day. Pre-school children will cost $25 pre Fete day or $30 Fete day. The wristband entitles the bearer to unlimited rides all day! Wristbands can be purchased at the school office prior to the Fete. For those who do not wish to purchase a wristband, individual ride tickets will be available on the day of the Fete for all rides.
The food and beverage options over the last few years have always been amazing, and this year is no different, offering lamb wraps, BBQ, sno-cones, milkshakes, hot dogs, coffee, Devonshire tea, doughnuts and lots of other options. I personally like to make my way over to the Jam and Cake stall for a home made pie to take home for dinner or desert. I might even grab myself a truffle or cookie whilst there. Yum!
This years raffle, the Space Odyssey Raffle, is always popular with attendees as the prizes are always appealing, and this year does not disappoint. With 1st prize compromising of a $1500 Good Guys voucher - need I go on, 2nd prize Apple 1phone 6s 16GB, 3rd prize One Eleven HSV Red 7 Drawer Tool Trolley and 4th (yes, there is a 4th prize) Sandton Hair Gallery Gift voucher valued at $250, the $2 ticket cost is well worth it.
Let's not forget about the Stage Auction (held on the day at 4.45pm). Prizes include a Spa, yes a spa, valued at $7000, a meat tray, dinner cooked by the teachers (personally, my favourite) and a 'pro-tab' Android tablet.
Personally though, if I had to name my favourite thing about Antonio Park Primary School Fete (7th year attendee now), I would have to say that I just love seeing that beautiful community spirit. All the staff are out in force wearing fully themed costumes, not to mention more than a few parents, all helping out, laughing and having a great time. Everyone is happy to come up and say g'day and really make the day special and fun for all. Now that's what a school Fete is all about!
So whether you're just a die hard Bowie fan, have kids, or you're a kid at heart, this is an event not to be missed!