Crowds flock to festival
‘SEA OF PEOPLE’ TO HERALD 40TH BIRTHDAY
A COLOURFUL parade, rides and showbags – the 40th St Marys Spring Festival had it all.
Thousands of people enjoyed the sunshine at the annual festival on Saturday, packing Queen St.
Town centre manager Paulette Adams said about 20,000 people gathered on the thriving main street.
“Everywhere you looked was a sea of people enjoying themselves,” Ms Adams said. It was the event’s 40th anniversary and Ms Adams said the secret to longevity was a balancing act.
“It all comes down to catering to an audience and listening to what the community would like to see at next year’s event,” she said.
“You have to try to change things up, but at the same time sticking to what works for a festival of this magnitude is always a great idea.
“The St Marys community is absolutely amazing. There is a sense of pride and passion in the community.”
Ms Adams said the highlight this year was an award ceremony held earlier in the month to officially open the event.
During the night the Citizen of the Year award was renamed the Community Spirit Award and awarded to Norma Thorburn.
Ms Thorburn joined Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler and other dignitaries in the street parade at the festival. “Highlights from the day included great entertainment and shows on all three sta- ges throughout the day,” Ms Adams said.
She said a lot of behindthe-scenes challenges were outweighed by the reactions from festival-goers, particularly children.
Ruby Roo was a hit during the street parade.