Jackson and Aliyah Hildred fell in love with the Kelpie pups in the animal nursery at the annual St Marks Anglican Parish Fete.
Jackson and Aliyah Hildred fell in love with the Kelpie pups in the animal nursery at the annual St Marks Anglican Parish Fete. Jonno Colfs

Crowds turn out for St Marks Fete

IT WAS the first cold day of 2018 but that didn't stop the crowds dropping by the annual St Marks Anglican Parish Fete today.

Families packed into the St Mark's grounds to browse, buy and sample from a wide array of stalls and food vendors.

Fete organising committee chairman Greg Carey said he was thrilled with the way the day had turned out.

"It's been a lovely day, and the we're really appreciative of the support of the community,” he said.

"We've been very blessed that in the last 35 years we've only had one rainy day for the fete.

"There's been a chilly breeze here today but that hasn't stopped anyone here from having a good time.”

Mr Carey said the fete had been three months in the planning.

"This is something the parish has been putting on for well over 50 years,” he said.

"And it's always been a favourite and a great fundraiser as well.

"The women in the parish have made a huge contribution to the event, making all sort of cakes and craft items to sell.

"A lot of thanks must go to the committee and to all the amazing volunteers at the parish for helping it all come together.”

As well as the animal nursery, which was a huge hit with the kids, Mr Carey said the monster jumble stall had been the highlight of the day.

"50percent of the funds raised here today will go to assist the missions and the other 50percent will stay within the parish,” he said.

"I think the crowds really enjoyed the entertainment as well, from the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band, the Inverness Highland Dancer, Move School of Dance, Jenny Heffernan and her line dancers and the local country music singers.

"We should know in the next couple of days how much we've raised here today, but either way I'm really happy with the outcome.”



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