Lauderdale ‘fairing’ well for biggest festival yet

HOBART residents are invited to attend Lauderdale’s annual school and community festival, which this year, will have more stalls and activities than ever before.

Now in its fourth year, the fair will be held on Friday 27 March at the Lauderdale Primary School campus from 3-7.30pm.

There will be a wide range of rides and attractions for families of all ages, including the Gee Whizzer, jumping castle, children’s boat ride and inflatable worm, as well as community stalls showcasing fine food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, cakes, plants and lucky dips.

Lauderdale Primary School association chair Simon Bailey said last year saw the school fair transition smoothly and successfully to a major community festival event.

“We expanded on the school’s community involvement to include local businesses with a mix of food, drinks, entertainment and novelties – all focused on the family and healthy living lifestyle our greater Eastern Shore region offers,” he said.

“This year the festival is bigger and better again, with it extended into the early evening.

“It offers all parents and members of the wider community the opportunity to stop by on the way home to enjoy a gourmet meal, relax and have fun with the school community.”

Patrons can look forward to more food vendors at the 2015 event, which will include gourmet and vegan options.

There will also be appearances from a number of “superheroes”- including Batman, who children can take photographs with.

Festival chairperson Michael Long said the event gave the school the opportunity to build and strengthen its connection with the local community in a fun and festive manner.

Lauderdale Primary School principal Tracey Johnston, who will lead the school in celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, said she commended the active group of parents who supported the Lauderdale Primary School Association.

“These wonderful people greatly assist the school in meeting the needs of its students, as well as organising events and managing fundraising for the school,” she said.

Mr Long said the festival was positioned to become the largest of its kind on the Eastern Shore.

“This is not a small scale school fair, but instead, an emerging major festival event that is open to the entire community,” he said.

The event is open to the general public and visitors from outside the school community are also welcome to attend.

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