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The Strawberry Fair is one of the largest and most successful fairs south of Adelaide, and has been running for over 30 years. Run by the Edwardstown Primary School as a fundraiser for new facilities, the Strawberry Fair has now been recognised with the Australia Day Community Event of the Year award.
I've been to my share of school and church fairs, but mostly I find myself picking over a a couple of stalls with old glassware and crockery, or some plants that a volunteer has propagated for summer.
The Strawberry Fair does have these, but they also have so much more to offer - in fact I first noticed that the fair was happening when the local bakery was empty one year, and I found that all of the locals were at the Edwardstown Primary School having a great time.
A massive white elephant stall offers all sorts of bric-a-brac that you can't do without, while you can buy everything from used books to shoes at other stalls scattered around.
There is plenty of food on offer with a variety of vendors competing to get trade (Devonshire tea with strawberry jam anyone?), and even a licensed bar with champers and strawberries. And of course strawberries and ice cream are available if you have children or a sweet tooth.
While you sit and eat your food, free live music and entertainment continues throughout the day to keep the crowd happy.
It's a real community thing with each class running a stall, helped by volunteers from the school and local community groups. When the fair starts winding down around 3pm the volunteers help to pack up and are rewarded with a free drink and sausage for their effort.
Children Love the Petting Zoo and Kids' Activities
The Strawberry Fair has to be one of the biggest school fairs in Adelaide, and is well worth a visit for something to do. If you have children they will love the rides and other entertainment, and you're bound to find something of interest at the white elephant stall too. It makes it much easier to spend your money when you know it's all going to a good cause.