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Meet the white elephant
Children Dancing to Live Music at the Strawberry Fair
The Strawberry Fair is simply not your average school fete in Adelaide.
I only became aware of it two years ago when I called into my local bakery one weekend and found the place was empty. Normally I need to patiently wait in the queue flowing out the door, and when I asked staff about the lack of customers, they told me that the Strawberry Fair was on (as if that explained it all).
After driving south of Adelaide to the Edwardstown Primary School I discovered that people from miles around were flocking to this enormously popular free event. The primary school and its oval were packed with families having a great day out with loads of fun things to do for all ages.
Of course there were children everywhere, but there were so many fun activities for kids that it was like a massive playground. Artists carefully doing face painting competed with others offering fake tattoos, with streams of toddlers eagerly queuing to get transformed.
A large selection of play equipment including a giant bouncy castle, a huge jungle slide and some rides offered more energetic activities for kids, while a petting zoo with rabbits, geese and larger animals was perfect for toddlers into their Nature Play.
While the kids are busy, take some time out to browse the maze of market stalls. The white elephant stall is probably the most popular of all the market stalls, and garages from miles around must have been raided to produce the unusual and eclectic display of surplus household goods and furniture. Last year the white elephant stall was huge, spilling over from a marquee onto a section of oval. Perhaps I should have included it in my article on the best antique and collectable stores in Adelaide.
This year a market garden stand is in the works where you will be able to buy fresh locally grown produce, and the plant sale is back again with lots of natives and exotics. Other market stalls will be offering second hand books, good quality pre-worn clothes, crafts and other bargains.
Is This the Cheapest Street Food in Adelaide at Edwardstown Primary School?
Unlike most school fetes, the Edwardstown Primary Strawberry Fair offers a serious selection of sizzling hot foods. Several separate stalls sell barbqued meats, hot dogs, pancakes, curries, pancakes and a heap more foods - and that doesn't count what is on offer inside in the Strawberry Cafe. Anyone with a sweeter tooth should definitely head in that direction.
There's plenty of space to sit down and enjoy your meal, listen the live entertainment as the bands play for the large crowds. If you find your toes tapping, join in the fun and dance - it's that sort of day when everyone in the family has a smile on their face.
Puppets Like the Muppets at This Fair South of Adelaide
Other activities for kids happen throughout the afternoon, and last year a Muppet look-alike puppet show kept toddlers entranced and oohing and aahing. At the end of the day it can be quite a problem coaxing them home!
The Strawberry Fair doesn't really have a strong online presence, although there is a Facebook page for the event. There may also be more information here, but your best bet really is to just show up. You will be glad you did - where in Adelaide can you get so many fun things to do that are all free?