Fete fantastic a wild success

April 05, 2018

Sweet tooth: Lylah Shannon and Abbey Mele can't get enough of their fairy floss.

Four is a crowd: there was plenty of animals in the animal pen for guests to get up close and personal with.

Volunteers at the silent auction working hard.

Ned Elliot and Isaac Fooks were embracing the sunshine on offer.

Doing their part: Teresa Allen and Sara Whitford at their stand.

Stroke of genius: a fete-goer receiving some delicately applied face paint.

The more sporty types could be found throwing tennis balls at a girl dressed in a clown outfit. Of course, she was protected by a cage.

Hundreds of entertainment-seeking revellers descended on St Joseph’s Primary School last month for its annual school fete, now entering its 40th year.

From face painting to countless food stalls run by volunteers and an animal pen, the fete had every base covered and delivered a great source of enjoyment for all those who visited.

With about 10 marquees and gazebos full of delightful food, the fete was a breathtaking sight to behold. Families packed the school grounds, despite the mercury nearing 35°C in the peak of the day.

While the fete has been held on a Friday in the past few years, the fete committee this year brought it back to its traditional Saturday timeslot to recognise the huge achievement of standing the test of time and providing joy to the entire community for 40 years.

Committee member Sarah Iddles said the day was a raging success.

‘‘It was a fantastic spread of people. Some had come from as far as Wangaratta to enjoy the day,’’ she said.

‘‘Virtually all the stores sold out, with the mystery and fun bags a big hit.’’

Mrs Iddles said the fete owed a huge amount to the local community for its continuing support over the years.

‘‘We just want to say a huge thank you to all those people involved in making the fete what it is. From volunteers to local businesses who generously donate their money to deliver an outstanding fete, we couldn’t do it without their invaluable support,’’ she said.

All funds generated will go back towards the school, with a board meeting to decide how to best use the profits.

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