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The eagerly awaited annual Gawler Village Fair will be held this year on Saturday 2nd November, starting at 9.00 am and continuing until 2.00 pm. Entry to the event is free and the venue is Pioneer Park, which is situated at the northern end of Murray Street in Gawler, just past the Visitors' Centre on the corner of Lyndoch Road and opposite the Gawler Central Shopping Centre.
The Village Fair is held in Gawler's Pioneer Park.
The fair is an enjoyable outing for all members of the family, including the pet dog, and offers something for everyone, including free displays and entertainment, plenty of opportunities for retail therapy, fun for the kids and a happy, relaxed atmosphere.
'Tall John', 'Fat Barry' and others clowning around to promote the Village Fair.
The roving clowns, including Village Fair mascots, "Long John" (on tall stilts) and "Fat Barry", will put a smile on everyone's face as they joke and clown around with patrons, and children will also be entertained with face painting, bouncy castles, balloons and trying to win prizes at the laughing clowns side-show.
Attractions for the children will include a large jumping castle.
Free entertainment will include live music from the rotunda provided by several groups including the Gawler Town Band, the Taiko Drummers, and the ever-popular Adelaide City Jazzmen who will be in town for the Gawler Jazz Festival weekend. Visitors to the fair will also be able to watch a variety of active displays including a gymnastics demonstration from members of the Gawler Gymnastics Club and a dog agility exhibition from the Gawler Dog Training Club.
The Gawler Dog Training Club will demonstrate dog agility with their well trained canine companions.
More than 50 stalls will be selling a wide selection of goods including gifts, crafts, local produce, trees and shrubs, plants and flowers, books, toys, novelties, second-hand items, home-baked goods and jams and preserves. With Christmas fast approaching this could be an ideal opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for your family members and friends. There will also be plenty of food and drinks available to tempt the appetite for a mid-morning snack or lunch, including barbecued food, coffee and ice-cream.
The Red Cross will be one of many charities represented at the Village Fair.
Prize winners and exhibits in the Rotary Club of Gawler Youth Art Exhibition will be displayed at the fair. The exhibition awards three prizes for each of three age groups – 5 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years and the talent displayed by some of the exhibitors is outstanding. An extra, special prize of $50 is awarded to the President's Choice.
A large variety of stalls will provide something of interest for everyone.
The Rotary Club of Gawler has been sponsoring and facilitating the Village Fair in Pioneer Park for over 40 years. The fair is not a fundraiser for the Rotary Club but provides an opportunity for local community groups, clubs, schools, churches, various charities and other organisations to attend, raise money for their own particular causes, and showcase their activities. The Rotary Club provides all the infrastructure, including shelters and trestle tables at no cost to the participants, sets up the fair and cleans up afterwards. The Gawler Council provides the site free of charge as well as advertising the event with banners and flags in the main street.
Cool drinks, coffee, ice cream and barbecued food will keep hunger pangs at bay.
The first Village Fair was held in 1976 and in the years since then, over $500,000 has been raised for local charities and groups. This year, for the first time, the two Gawler Rotary Clubs are combining to convene the fair. The event was started by Rotary club of Gawler, but in recent years it would have not been possible without the help of the Rotarians from the Gawler Light Club and other community groups.
Put the date in your diary and come along with the whole family, including the dog, for an enjoyable day out. Grab some bargains from the many stalls, support local charities and groups, enjoy the displays and listen to the music. The venue is wheelchair friendly and toilets are situated nearby.
Plants and flowers will be amongst the many items available for sale.