Now in its 47th year, the Wembley Downs District Fair is a staple in the festival calendar, and this year it will be held on Saturday October 31st (yes, Halloween!) at Luita Street Reserve in the heart of Wembley Downs.
The District fair has all the charm and appeal of a country town event but in the heart of the city, with many community groups coming together to pull off an event much bigger than the sum of its parts.
What is wonderful about the Wembley Downs fair is that is embraces groups from across the entire district including local schools, businesses, community groups and church groups. From the Scouts to private schools, the fair has a real sense of community and there is all day entertainment including music, bands and dancing.
Every year the rides and games get bigger and better, including camel rides, a rock climbing wall, games of skills, games of luck, basketball, a trampoline-type thing, inflatable and more. This year will also include extreme bungee and a ferris wheel.
For the littlies there will be a petting zoo with tiny bunnies and guinea pigs to hold as well as a range of other animals including a calf, baby goats and chickens. Always a favourite.
Stalls include plenty of pre-loved books and toys, hand-made clothing and jewellery, homemade cakes and preserves, Christmas stocking fillers, crafts, cheeses, plants and plenty of toys. The ever-popular home-made lemonade stall will return.
Stalls change every year and there is certainly something for everyone.
Some of the great activities, image from WDDF facebook page
If you get tired from all the excitement there are always plenty of food stalls as well as the indoor wines, preserves, cheeses and art display. Or you can sit and enjoy bands playing or listen to what is going on at Radio Lollipop.
The only downside to this great event is the parking, but it's simply a matter of being prepared to park a few streets away and walk. Respect the locals, bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of shopping bags.