A fair bit of fun to be had

An­nual St Pa­trick’s event has some­thing for all


IT’S a so­cia­ble time of year and the St Pa­trick’s Fair to be held next Friday is gear­ing up to be a fun-filled evening of games, stalls and get-to­geth­ers – and a new Pimm’s tent re­splen­dent with an­tique light­ing.

Fair co­or­di­na­tor Fran­cie Hart­ley said the community spirit on the night would be “ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous” and would pro­vide a re­lax­ing fam­ily op­por­tu­nity to let the chil­dren run around and sit back and en­joy the night.

“It’s a real fun, coun­try fam­ily at­mos­phere that ev­ery­one loves and ev­ery­one is wel­come to come and join in,” she said.

The St Pa­trick’s Fair is the an­nual fundraiser for the Catholic par­ish.

“It’s our one and only fundraiser for the year,” Ms Hart­ley said.

“With the won­der­ful sup­port of Marist Col­lege, St Pa­trick’s and St Brigid’s Pri­mary Schools, our tire­less vol­un­teers, in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions and the amaz­ing gen­eros­ity of our lo­cal busi­nesses, money raised en­ables the par­ish to main­tain and carry out im­prove­ments on the church and its fa­cil­i­ties.”

She said next year St Pa­trick’s Catholic Church will cel­e­brate 130 years in Emer­ald.

“For nearly that length of time the Catholic community of Emer­ald has cel­e­brated with a social gath­er­ing of the community, which in the lat­ter years be­came the St Pa­trick’s Fair,” Ms Hart­ley said.

“Back in the early days, ac­tiv­i­ties such as billy-cart races and Finch’s Flyer, a home-made carousel, pro­vided loads of fun.”

Ms Hart­ley said this year the fair would have an amuse­ment rides gallery – the sec­ond largest to the Emer­ald show – and plenty of fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This good old-fash­ioned fair meets the in­ter­ests of ev­ery age group, in­clud­ing lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to grab a bar­gain, win a Christ­mas ham, buy a hand-crafted Christ­mas gift or sim­ply catch up with friends,” she said.

There will be stalls with home-made cakes and sweets, plants and pro­duce and a range of food out­lets, in­clud­ing snow cones and the Filipino Community Food Van serv­ing home-made noo­dles and spring rolls.

The ma­jor raffle this year is a hol­i­day for two adults and two chil­dren to Hamilton Is­land, val­ued at $2480.

The prize in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion, buf­fet break­fast daily (plus kids stay and eat for free), re­turn air­port/ma­rina trans­fers, use of water sports ac­tiv­i­ties and a $1000 Vir­gin air­fare voucher (which can be used for any air travel).

Tick­ets are $2, sell­ing on the night, with the draw at 8pm.

The cent sale will have amaz­ing prizes in­clud­ing Toy­ota Cow­boys sup­porter shirts, a ster­ling sil­ver, green amethyst and cu­bic zir­co­nia ring val­ued at $229, unique and clas­sic items from El­len­mave Vin­tage and An­tiques, $1000 in vouch­ers from lo­cal busi­ness, toys for kids, tools for dad and loads of beau­ti­ful items for mum and the home.

For the first time the fair will also in­tro­duce the Pimm’s Bar with its sig­na­ture drink, the Pimm’s punch.

Ms Hart­ley said adults could re­lax un­der the vin­tage light­ing at the bar and en­joy the live entertainment.

The fair will start at 5.30pm at St Pa­trick’s oval.


ROLL UP: The St Pa­trick’s Fair will en­ter­tain the fam­ily on Friday, Novem­ber 3, from 5.30–10.30pm.

Raffle tick­ets will be sold on the night.

St Brigids Stall will have plenty of goods on of­fer.

Snow cones are al­ways a favourite.

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