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Eden Hills Primary School Strawberry Fair

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Hills Strawberry Fair with Food, Music & Fun For Everyone
The best way to celebrate delicious sunny Spring weather is taking family and friends to the Strawberry Fair! Entry is free into this feast for all the senses.

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Charming strawberry fair 2014 logo colored in by Eden Hills students

Eden Hills Primary School Strawberry Fair was founded in 1990, and in July 2010 it won 'Australia Day Event of the Year Award' for the best community event. It only comes every two years, and 2012 was bigger and better, attracting over 2,000 visitors. It is no surprise. The Strawberry Fair is homegrown community involvement at its finest. From much of the musical talent being delivered by Eden Hills Primary School students themselves, to the enlightening 'retro' side show activities, envisioned, designed and hand created by parents and community. With names like 'Hammer Hit', and 'Sponge Throw', I am feeling drawn to give it a go, but must admit 'Crockery Smash' has a particularly fascinating appeal. Expect to see a middle aged mama doing some eager light-hearted smashing! Kids might find it fun too.

The Adelaide Hills are renowned at this time of year for the beginning of strawberry season, which goes all the way through to summer, so come enjoy the little lush berries.

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delicate strawberry flower. Photo: Moja
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a delicious fruit with many popular uses. Photo: Rlaferla

There is so much to see, hear and do! Expect live entertainment from local and school musicians, as well as principle artists from the State Opera, and some very endearing roving buskers. Enjoy a photo exhibition, martial arts demonstrations, and a delightful Teddy Bear exhibition.

And what would a fair be without fun activities for the kids? Bouncing castle, face painting, and trail bags inviting Fair enthusiasts to collect treasures as they explore stalls.
Like all great fairs, home-baked cakes, biscuits, slices, and hand-crafted jams, pickles, and chutneys will be on sale.

There will be a choice of wonderful international fare from the German KaffeHaus, which is an extension of the school's German program, and will be staffed by senior students. Traditional cuisine from France, India and Iran will ensure there is something for every palate throughout the day.

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Charming Eden Hills Primary School is an idyllic setting for the Strawberry Fair

Meander through stalls of plants, pre-loved books, toys and clothes all put together by the school and community, creating an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by families and tourists alike. Eden Hills' principal, Gaye Glade-Wright enthuses that the fair is "a wonderful reflection of our school community. It provides an opportunity for our families to support and celebrate all that is Eden Hills, and for old scholars and their families to come together and renew acquaintances."

Going to a locally produced fair, especially somewhere as scenic and natural as our Adelaide Hills is a terrific way to get to know a little about local culture and community.

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fun for the whole family

Try your skills at auction bidding, with talk of a 2015 Clipsal 500 featured auction item, and bonus prizes. If you thought that was enough to entice you to come along, there is more.

There are strawberries! I love strawberries! I would go just for the smell, taste, and sight of lush red strawberries, strawberry produce, and strawberry plants. I plan on gaining insight into how best to improve my little home grown strawberries this year. If there's any place with the right advice, it has to be the Eden Hills Primary School Strawberry Fair.

Funds raised will upgrade the school's technology, and provide all-weather protection for students. Part proceeds go to Eden Hills Country Fire Service Brigade's 'Sturt Group Tanker Appeal' in appreciation for the tireless work of fire crews protecting the community.
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Why? Free family fun, things to do, strawberries, culture, community, springtime, weekend, fundraising
When: Saturday, October 25th 9am-3pm
Phone: 8278-2243
Where: Eden Hills Primary School 78 Wilpena St., Eden Hills SA 5050
Cost: Free
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