Hun­dreds flock to flower show and fete

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE smell and aroma of hun­dreds of flow­ers and de­li­cious home­made cakes and bis­cuits were among the many high­lights of the 71st an­nual Proser­pine Unit­ing Church Flower Show and Fete on the week­end.

More than 60 stall hold­ers from through­out the Whit­sun­days helped bring the flower show to life at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre for the sin­gle day event.

Chil­dren were buzzing with ex­cite­ment as they ex­plored the creative work­shops and vast range of dis­plays de­pict­ing the show’s theme of The Wizard of Oz.

Flower show sec­re­tary Ber­na­dine Stevens said this year’s event had a won­der­ful at­mos­phere with many of the plants on sale prop­a­gated an­nu­ally in the Whit­sun­days.

She said the stun­ning flo­ral art dis­play show­ing the tale of The Wizard of Oz with a lion made of co­conuts by the Flo­ral Art Group, was one of the high­lights of the show this year.

The huge crowds were also de­lighted with per­for­mances by the Proser- pine Cit­i­zens Band, Cannonvale State School choir and Proser­pine State School’s ju­nior and se­nior choir.

Unit­ing Church Min­is­ter, Wayne McHugh said the fete was an in­te­gral part of the town’s his­tory.

“It is an en­gag­ing event which in­volves ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity and peo­ple travel far and wide to get their hands on our qual­ity, lo­cally grown plants,” he said.

Also prov­ing pop­u­lar was the ex­quis­ite Com­pas­sion­ate Can­dles dis- play by the Proser­pine Unit­ing Church.

Vol­un­teer Justin Bur­rows said ev­ery can­dle sold would help raise funds to de­velop projects to help com­mu­ni­ties in ex­treme poverty.

The church cur­rently spon­sors two chil­dren in Burk­ina Faso, West Africa.

Can­dles and a range of lip balms can be pur­chased from the Proser­pine Unit­ing Church ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 1-5pm.

BEAU­TI­FUL BLOOMS: Rebecca Smith's 3-year-old daugh­ter Lily won the Flower Show Cham­pion Prize for the lovely sun­flow­ers she grew with her grand­mother Mary Smith for the Proser­pine Unit­ing Church Flower Show and Fete on Satur­day.

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