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The end of winter is a magical time when the weather gradually begins to warm and native wildflowers burst into bloom in a kaleidoscope of exquisite colours. Throughout Sydney, it also heralds a time of festivals, fetes and fairs - offering locals a multitude of possibilities for affordable family fun, as well as some great pop-up shopping opportunities. From traditional church-run jumble sales, to hip inner-city bazaars and country fairs, these unique events offer something for people of all ages – while providing a great opportunity to support worthy community groups and causes.
One of the first events to take place, before winter officially ends, is the annual Maroota Muster on Sunday August 19th, at Maroota Primary School. As its name indicates, the fair will have a rural theme, offering city families the chance to experience a country fair without even leaving the metro area. There will be plenty of outdoor fun on the big day such as pony rides, a petting zoo, vintage machinery, sheep shearing, wood-chopping, wood-turning and much more. Other attractions will include traditional fair-ground favourites – a chocolate wheel, jumping castles, kids' rides, dance displays, large plant stall, cake stall, food stalls and plenty of other surprises.
This year's Maroota Muster will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm, making it a great day out for families with young children. The school is in a lovely rural setting, with views across the countryside to the Blue Mountains. There are plenty of other things to do locally, so a visit could be combined with a picnic or some hiking in one of the nearby nature reserves – or simply a scenic drive through the beautiful bushland.
Maroota Primary School is located at 4540 Old Northern Road in Maroota. Despite its lovely country ambience, it's surprisingly just over an hour's drive from Sydney CBD – making it an ideal day-trip option.