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With so many schools holding their fundraising fetes and fairs at the beginning of the year, it can sometimes be hard to compete for much-needed sponsorship. This is especially the case in Geelong and its surrounding suburbs, where there are literally dozens of schools all vying for the support of local businesses and families. While they undoubtedly have the backing of their staff and students, many schools need to find that extra something that will draw a crowd and encourage people who are not normally associated with the school to attend their special day.
Some schools have an easier time of it than others - Wallington Primary School has always had an association with the iconic Wallington Strawberry Fair, and schools such as St Patrick's Primary School are able to capitalise on the popularity of their names when planning for special events (like Irish Folk Festivals, for example). Others, like Moolap Primary School, have less options available to them, yet are still able to make their fete into something fairly unique to their school. Even though Moolap is less than a 10 minute drive away from the Geelong CBD, it is considered a 'rural' school, with a relatively small student base. Therefore, it seems only fitting that they have embraced this perception and developed their fundraiser so it portrays a 'country fair' theme.
Not only will they have the usual assortment of fete stands, including class group stalls, lolly bags, cake stalls and a pre-loved toy sale, they will also be embracing the now-popular path that many other school fairs have adopted - with a pre-purchased wristband for $20, children can have unlimited goes on a variety of amusement rides. These rides include the Cha-Cha, Giant Slide, jumping castle, Chair-o-plane and train. If you are unable to pre-purchase a wristband, they will also be available on the night for $25 each. In addition to the usual activities you'd normally find at a fete, a wooden milking cow named Maisy will be making an appearance on the night, where children have the chance to 'milk' her and experience a real rural moment.
The grounds of the school will come alive on the evening of April 19
Musical entertainment on the night will be provided by Cam Henderson and his son Taylor. Born in Geelong, Cam shot to fame by playing his music on the Channel 7 television showAustralia's Got Talent, and came runner-up in the 2010 grand finale. While listening to the soulful tunes of the Hendersons, Moolap Primary School will be pulling out all stops with their own grand scale finale planned for the end of the evening- fireworks. Scheduled for the conclusion of the event, the school plans to light up the sky in a fantastic display of colours and really bring the country fair theme home.
Moolap Primary School is one of the last primary schools in the Geelong region to hold their fundraising event during this half of the year, so why not go along and show your support, experience the rural lifestyle and enjoy the fireworks?
I'm Gary Birrell the owner/operator of a local mobile coffee van. I'm looking for the contact details of the person/committee that organises the Moolap Primary School Country Fair, so I can express my interest in becoming a site holder for the 2014 Fair. I look forward to hearing from you soon. firstname.lastname@example.org