Ex­cite­ment builds for an­nual fair

Funds go to state school

Central Queensland News - - ADVERTISING FEATURE | ESS CHRISTMAS GIFT AND CRAFT - Louise Shan­non Louise.Shan­non@newsre­gional media.com.au

A FRIDAY night gala and the trans­for­ma­tion of Emer­ald’s Town Hall into an eclec­tic bazaar of sculp­tures, jew­ellery and bak­ing will pro­vide a lively at­mos­phere for Emer­ald State School’s Christ­mas Gift and Craft Fair this year.

Or­gan­ised by the school’s P&C As­so­ci­a­tion, more than half of the 300 tick­ets avail­able for the fair’s gala pre­view evening on Novem­ber 17 have sold and stall­hold­ers are pre­par­ing their wares for the colour­ful mar­ket scene on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18.

P&C com­mit­tee mem­ber Michelle Har­ri­son said the 28th fair was aim­ing to raise money for the 138-year-old school to help with camps and keep the costs of events down for fam­i­lies.

She said a cir­cus pro­gram was be­ing held for the school’s 320 stu­dents later this year, and im­prove­ments were be­ing made around the school, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of an out­door learn­ing area, the in­stal­la­tion of a gi­ant chess set and IT up­grades.

More than 60 stall­hold­ers for the fair will come from around Queens­land, in­clud­ing Bund­aberg, Townsville, Rockhampton, and one from NSW.

“It’s fan­tas­tic for the town too, be­cause all the stall­hold­ers come and stay here,” Ms Har­ri­son said.

Gifts and prod­ucts on sale will in­clude leather and cowhide goods, mixed media art­work, pa­per goods, patch­work, pho­tog­ra­phy, rugs, shabby chic, soap, wa­ter­colour art, wooden toys, Christ­mas cakes, dec­o­ra­tions and pud­dings, bak­ing, plants, gar­den art and sculp­ture, can­dles, cloth­ing, cro­chet, cush­ions, dolls, es­sen­tial oils, hats, jew­ellery, lamp­shades and lead­light.

“You al­ways find some­thing dif­fer­ent and new. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one,” Ms Har­ri­son said.

She said the an­nual event was highly an­tic­i­pated and at­tracted farm­ers, for­mer stu­dents and peo­ple from through­out the community who “put it in the diary ev­ery year”.

“Our community is very di­verse. A lot of peo­ple come to buy their Christ­mas pud­dings and cakes.”

Ms Har­ri­son said the Friday night gala strictly for over-18s – tick­ets are $36.55 each – would be held from 7-9.30pm pro­vid­ing ex­clu­sive shop­ping, free wine and canapés, and home­made food us­ing many of the jams and chut­neys on sale.

Satur­day’s Fam­ily Day runs 8.30am-2.30pm, costs $5 per adult (in­clud­ing a free cup of tea) and stu­dents and chil­dren en­ter free.

Ms Har­ri­son said the fair was renowned for be­ing a day filled with community spirit, at­tract­ing plenty of sup­port from the lo­cal and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties for the school’s not-for-profit P&C.

“We asked our won­der­ful 2016 stall­hold­ers to com­plete a sur­vey.

“Only a small per­cent­age are from Emer­ald, and they ex­pressed how much they love com­ing to a coun­try town, the con­cept of turn­ing our Town Hall into a grand bazaar, an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote their prod­uct and all for a great cause,” she said.

“All funds raised are used to en­hance our stu­dents’ emo­tional, social and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quire­ments within an ex­ist­ing frame­work.”

There will also be a ma­jor raffle on the day.

First prize is $1000 cash, sec­ond prize is an air-con­di­tioner pack­age worth $1200, third prize is a Man Cave pack­age worth $1265, fourth prize is a fam­ily hol­i­day pack­age val­ued at $1260, and fifth prize is a vouch­ers pack­age worth $1144.

There will also be char­ity stalls in­clud­ing the Cen­tral High­lands Sci­ence Cen­tre and Rain­bow House, and all pro­ceeds will go to­wards their causes.

Gala tick­ets are avail­able at try­book­ing.com.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

COME AND SEE: Plenty of prod­ucts on show at the Emer­ald State School Craft Fair.

Emer­ald State School Craft Fair at­tracts a crowd.

Jew­ellery on show at Emer­ald State School Craft Fair.

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