Allora springs into the fair
DESPITE a decidely non-Spring Fair kind of day, the crowds flocked to Allora State School on Saturday.
Organising committee member, Allison May, said the wet-weather plan has worked really well.
"It was put into place this morning,” she said.
"Originally everything was going to be outside on the oval, but we've had to drag it all undercover due to the rain, which has been on and off all day.
"We're lucky though, because being a school we've got heaps of undercover areas and large rooms that will do a great job of keeping everybody nice and dry.
"And it's great to see so many people are braving the rain to come along and support the school.”
This year was the first time the Spring Fair had included a night program.
"We're having a disco later with live entertainment from Nash and we'll have a DJ and bar operating, so that should be a lot of fun,” Mrs May said.
"Our very own Olympian Matt Denny is here and he'll be meeting and greeting with anyone who wants to.
"He'll also take on some kids in a tug-o-war and we have a photo booth set up for photos with him as well.
The Spring Fair, a major fundraiser for the school, has been running for years and always gets a great turnout.
Mrs May said the funds raised would go towards upgrading school facilities and running programs for the students.
"We've been organising this event for about six months and the volunteers on the committee responsible for making it all come together are Lee Harrison, Jodie Worboys, Megan Chandler, Judy Evans and myself.,” she said.
"It's also the first time it's been held on a Saturday. It's usually on Sunday.
"We've got about 30 market stalls, including crafts, candle making, do-it-yourself beading, two different face painters, lots of different types of food; the twistie potato man is here.
"There are heaps of games for the kids,
"We had planned a jumping castle but it's a bit wet for that unfortunately.”
Mrs May said there was a great prize on offer as well.
"All school-aged kids will get a free ticket in the draw to win a bike worth $500 from Redback Cycles, which is awesome,” she said.
"The P&C has put in $250 as has Redbacks, so that's a great prize and will be very popular.
"We've had such great crowds in so far and we're all looking forward to a great night ahead.”