How I love a good old-fashioned fete with its cake stalls, jams, fairy floss, white elephant stalls, chocolate wheel, raffles, jumping castle, and of course, the all important lucky dips!
With the warmer days now upon us, spring is the time of the year when many schools and churches hold their annual fetes and fairs. For many, these are important fundraising events which volunteers have worked hard all year putting together. One mum I know has been perfecting her scone-baking skills for months in preparation for her child's school's annual fete. Her scones will sell like hotcakes, I'm sure.
Here are some of the many spring fetes and fairs that will take place over September, October and November across the Canberra region. Come along to one or two or three or more, and support your local schools and churches.
SEPTEMBER Sept 22 St Andrew's Church Fair at St Andrew's Church, 1 State Circle, Forrest. There will be cakes, jams, chutneys, conserves, tasty homemade Indonesian treats, books for sale, as well as pre-loved toys, quality second-hand clothing, plants, jewellery and bric-a-brac.
Sept 22St Philip's Anglican Church Spring Fling at the cnr Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor. There'll be books, pre-loved fashions, and kitchenware for sale, as well as yummy food, live music and a fashion parade.
Sept 23 Duffy Primary School Community Fair at Duffy Primary School, 55 Burrinjuck Cres, Duffy. There'll be pizza, sausages, ice cream, and activities for kids include a reptile display, putt-putt golf, jumping castle and a Velcro fly wall!
Oct 20St John's Community Fair at St John's Anglican Church, cnr Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park West, Reid. Enjoy a day of entertainment, delicious food stalls, coffee van, plants and clothing for sale, Devonshire teas, homemade jams and cakes, white elephant goods, pony rides for the kids, and reptiles!
Oct 27Canberra Montessori School Spring Fair at Canberra Montessori School at 35 Mulley Street, Holder. Enjoy the baked goods stall, international food stand, garden stall, children's activities and rides, and lots of entertainment.
Oct 28Jerrabomberra Public School fete at Jerrabomberra Public School, Coachwood Avenue, Jerrabomberra. The fete promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family with lots of rides, school and market stalls, entertainment, fun and food.
NOVEMBER Nov 3St John Vianney Fete at St John Vianney School, Namatjira Drive, Waramanga. Enjoy a big day out at the SJV fete with entertainment, rides, sideshow alley, showbags, farm animals, old-fashioned lollies, sausage sizzle, and a Mad Hatters' Tea Party!
Nov 17Tuggeranong Uniting Church Spring Fair at Tuggeranong Uniting Church, Comrie Street, Waniassa. With tea rooms, cake and plant stalls, BBQ, restaurant, Christmas gifts and puddings, and a classy Lucky Dip with wonderful prizes!
Nov 25Amaroo School Multicultural Carnival at Amaroo School, Katherine Avenue. Enjoy a multicultural carnival themed twilight event with colour, street food, entertainment, and games and rides for all to enjoy.