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Published May 7th 2017
Stalls, live music, picnic & play on the lawn
The Pink Fig Mothers' Day Markets flaunted their fabulous fig tree.
In its second year, the Pink Fig Mother's Day Markets are the main fundraiser for the Darling Downs Christian School. 'Pink' for mothers and 'fig' for the old fig tree on the grounds - its age is unknown. The spreading fig tree was decked out in festive pink decorations and under its boughs was a popular spot for a lunch break.
Kids won prizes, threw quoits, built with blocks, climbed, played and received balloon-animals.
The pink theme carried throughout, from quaint directional signs to balloons. Kids were engrossed in climbing, playing lawn games as well as having their faces painted or getting a balloon dinosaur. Crocket, blocks and quoits were among the lawn games.
Squeals of delight from children and indignant squeals from cuddled pigs.
Thirty-two market stalls were the main attraction under the marquee, where sweet aromas pervaded the air. Highest quality handmade goods. Stalls were overflowing with jewellery, shrubbery, china, clothing, candles, sweets, wax warmers, spices, water purifiers and sweet aromas. Add to that, Russian tea sampling or arrange for a trip to Israel, 'In His Footsteps - Holy Land Tour'. Finding something special for Mum was easy. Prices reasonable. Raising funds for the Parents and Friends of the school.
A largesse of jewellery, surrounded by other quality market goodies.
Woodfired Pizza, Raw As, Healthful Habits and other vans for the healthy appetite, worked up playing in the country air.
Brand names who set up shop included: Angela Maroske Designs, Pink Flamingo, Sewing with Sian, Linseed and Lavender, Jamberry and Modern Mud. Food vans by Caffeine Bus, Cosy Crate Café, Healthful Habits, Keesha Ice Cream, Raw As, Tea Trailer and Fun Spun, Sugar and Woodfired Pizza.
Family fun and games, petting lambs and holding piglets in the petting zoo with a healthy feast for lunch on the lawn. Live music created a relaxing atmosphere. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? The only squealing sounds were made by the piglets. Children could win prizes of toys in the 'Kids Zone', employing hand-to-eye coordination skills.
Justin Ebert created a relaxing, upbeat atmosphere. Six live acts.
Against a backdrop of rusticity, the Darling Downs Christian School also boasts a 'Kitchen Garden' where the children are growing a healthy crop of vegetables and oranges. Scarecrows keep watch. Parents describe the school as 'safe, warm and friendly'. This year's market was an improvement on their first year with the entry fee being significantly lower (achieved by attracting a site fee for stall holders). Sponsors included Koorong, Browns Office Choice, Hip Pocket Workwear and Safety and Signs on Time.
Keep an eye out for next year's mother's day shopping at the Pink Fig Mothers' Day Markets.
Darling Downs Christian School enjoys a scenic backdrop.