Dakota Hocking, 5, caught up with the Easter Bunny at the Easter Fair at Leslie Park on Saturday.
Dakota Hocking, 5, caught up with the Easter Bunny at the Easter Fair at Leslie Park on Saturday.

Easter festivity at Leslie Park

EASTER spirit hopped into the Rose City on Saturday as thousands of people gathered in Leslie Park for the Easter Fair.

The green space of Leslie park was bustling with activity as children donned bunny ears and ate Easter eggs while they lined up for their chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

A sea of market stalls were spread across the park, selling everything from fresh produce to clothes and plants.

Event co-ordinator Julie Peterson, from Warwick Tourism and Events, said the fair, now its seventh year, continued to grow.

"We had more market stalls and more visitors this year," she said.

"We were hoping for about 2000 people and I believe we've achieved that."

The event was described as a roaring success by Mrs Peterson, who said the key to the event's popularity was its diversity.

"The combination of kids' activities, local live music and market stalls for the parents makes it so popular," she said.

Amongst the stallholders were the Canton of Stegby medieval re-enactment group, who dressed up for the occasion and added an extra element of culture to the day.

Canton of Stegby president Suzanne Usher, who goes by the title of Lady Merewen, said 2014 was the second year the group had set up a display at the Easter Fair.

"We set up the display just to show the locals what we do and what we're about," she said.

"We had a huge response last year. It's lots of fun and really gets people talking."

The fair also featured an egg and spoon race, pony rides and animal nursery.

Mrs Peterson said the event proved Warwick was more than just a little town.

"The mixture of events and activities held over the weekend goes to show Warwick has so much to offer," she said.

Turn to page 10 of today's paper for more photos from Easter Fair.



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