School fete shaping up

Popular with the little kids is Old McDonald’s animal farm where children can pet and feed the cuddly creatures.
Popular with the little kids is Old McDonald’s animal farm where children can pet and feed the cuddly creatures.

WHETHER it’s toad racing or amusement rides, there is something for all ages at the Emerald State School fete.

The fete is on tonight, starting from 5.30pm, on the school grounds, corner of Anakie and Yamala Sts with free entry.

There will be plenty of amusement rides with “some old favourites and some newbies” including dodgem cars, jumping castle, super slide, tea cups and saucers and a rock climbing wall.

Back again for another year and a favourite with the little kids is Old McDonald’s animal farm where kids, for a gold coin donation, can feed and pet the animals.

There is plenty to keep the kids entertained with hoop bottle and chocolate toss games along with stalls selling glow stick show bags.

There will be performances from Emerald Dance Centre, Emerald Academy of Dance, Central Highlands Children’s Choir, the Emerald State School junior and senior choirs and the school’s senior band.

“It’s very casual. Just sit back and be entertained with performance groups,” Emerald State School fete committee member Lane Buffington said.

School students will take part in a talent quest with performances ranging from singing to rap dancing as “choice is their own with solo and group performances”.

Lane said a popular event was the toad auction and race where fete-goers can bid on a toad to race and if they have bought the winner, they receive a percentage of the money raised in the auction.

“All funds raised on the night go back into the school,” she said.

“The funds will assist with the cost of school camps, which parents will benefit from. School camps are just one of the main beneficiaries of the funds raised on the night.”

The raffles, Lane said, will be the highlight with a total value of $1500 in vouchers being given away.

Prizes include a $600 voucher to Bi-Rite Electrical, a $400 Atmosphere voucher, a Woolworths voucher worth $300 along with $100 vouchers for Mitre 10 and fuel from BP petrol station.

The fete committee wanted the raffle prizes to help out families who may have been affected in the flood and the committee decided upon voucher instead of cash prizes so local businesses, which may have also been affected in the flood, could also benefit from the raffle.

The 2011 Sunflower Festival entrants will be assisting with the raffle tickets and will also be publicly introduced on the night and Lane said it was a good opportunity to come and meet them.

And don’t worry about getting home in time for dinner with plenty of food on sale all night, with a barbecue, pizza, burgers, hot dogs and loaded potatoes to choose from.

For those with a sweet tooth there is fairy floss and spider drinks and a stall selling homemade goodies, which “is always popular”.

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