What I have always loved about the 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 include a doughnut stall, sno-cones, strawberries, chips, face painting, Devonshire tea, second hand books, jam and cake stall, pre-loved toy stall, and trash 'n' treasure, just to name a few. Crafts and competitions also make a welcome addition with lucky numbers, lob-a-choc, silent auction and captivating craft on display.
A couple of new stalls are included this year, such as second hand clothes and also 'Get Arty' craft stall, where kids can create their own piece of art to take home.
Following last year's popularity, again this year at the fete there will be a pasta restaurant. That's right folks, wine and dine the wifey (or hubby) by candlelight (and romantic ambience of the school hall) whilst the kids are enjoying the rides.
Not forgetting the bigger kids, (by bigger kids, I also mean us adults) there are numerous rides to enjoy such as the Cha Cha, Rocket Simulator and Hurricane. For the adults that prefer not to tap into their inner child, they could pop on over to the new addition 'Bar' for a bevvy or two.
For the younger kids, Hi Five Activity Combo, Chair-o-plane, and Trackless Train are all there to enjoy, together with the no age restricted Giant Slide, Adrenalin Rush and my personal favourite, the Animal Farm. So lots of fun for everyone.
Other rides include Round Up, Sulky Merry and Combat challenge. Rides go from 12.30 until 6.00. Wristbands purchased pre fete are $25 for school children and adults, $20 for pre schoolers. One fete day they are $35 and $30 respectively. Ride tickets can also be purchased individually, $6 large ride and $4 small ride.
The food and beverage options over the last few years have always been amazing, offering falafel wraps, BBQ, sno-cones, poffertjes, coffee, doughnuts and lots more. 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 dessert. I might even grab myself a truffle or cookie whilst there. Yum!
This year's raffle, Raffle prizes are voucher for gold class, family pass (2 adults & 2 Children) horse riding at Gunnamatta and an unlocked i phone, is always popular with attendees the $2 ticket cost is well worth it.
Personally though, if I had to name my favourite thing about Antonio Park Primary School Fete (5th 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 'Howdy' and really make the day special and fun for all. Now that's what a school fete is all about!