Proser­pine get­ting set for an­nual street fair

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ge­or­gia Simp­son ge­or­gia.simp­[email protected] whit­sun­day­times.com.au

TIME flies when you’re hav­ing fun, and this year has been an ab­so­lute cracker as Christ­mas has popped out of nowhere.

With Christ­mas comes the many com­mu­nity events held in hon­our of the hol­i­day, and Proser­pine is no ex­cep­tion, play­ing host to the an­nual Proser­pine Rotary Street Fair.

The trea­sured event is all about lo­cal en­joy­ment, ac­cord­ing to Events Man­ager at Proser­pine Rotary Club, Jeff Boyle.

“We do this for one rea­son and one rea­son only- so we can put a smile on peo­ple’s faces. If we can make the com­mu­nity smile, and bring a bit of Christ­mas cheer, well then it’s a job well done.” Mr Boyle said. The idea for the event stemmed seven years ago, af­ter Mr Boyle was privy to the small busi­nesses who were do­ing it tough.

“I thought a Christ­mas fair, some­thing like that would be good. I said to Rotary, ‘We can do this! Let’s give it a go.’”

Mr Boyle said the orig­i­nal idea was to try and cre­ate a fam­ily-friendly late night shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, where lo­cal busi­nesses could set up a stall, and peo­ple would be able to pe­ruse the wares, while so­cial­is­ing at the same time.

The event has since evolved, and Mr Boyle said over thirty stalls will take pride and cen­tre on Proser­pine’s Main St, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from kids toys, cloth­ing, knick-knacks and of course, de­li­cious food.

Proser­pine Band will be play­ing live mu­sic on the evening, and the event kicks off at 6pm.

“Rotary do their steak sand­wiches and sausages on bread, we’ve got an ice cream truck and a lot of the dif­fer­ent food places come and sell their food,” Mr Boyle said.

“There will be rides set up at both ends of the street for the kids,” Mr Boyle said.

“Rotary pay for rides, so in­stead of be­ing charged full price, it’ll only be $2 a ride­more af­ford­able if you’ve got three kids that all want a go.”

With a ride cost­ing less than cup of cof­fee, it’s safe to as­sume the slip­pery slides, jump­ing cas­tles, swing­ing pi­rate ships and maybe even a tea cup carousel will be a hit.

“Coun­cil has also given us a do­na­tion for the run­ning of the event, which is won­der­ful, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the as­sis­tance,” Mr Boyle said.

“The big­gest thing is when Santa comes- you see the smiles on the kids faces, He comes in on a fire truck, or a po­lice car.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

FAB­U­LOUS FUN: Proser­pine's Main St will be the venue for the an­nual Proser­pine Rotary Street Fair.

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