• Rev Jonathan Cole

Fair connects us to the wider community

The Fair is over for another year. A huge thank you goes to all who made the Fair such a welcoming, joyful space and a great success!

I am very thankful for all the effort that so many put in over the last few months (and even over the year for some of you).

The stalls included homemade jams, cupcakes, cakes, craft, books, food stalls, BBQ, Devonshire teas, raffle, coffee van, plants, clothing stall, trinkets and treasures, white elephant goods, whack-a-rat, fishing game.

This year we made a record profit of $23,100 (after expenses). We could not have done it without your help!

The Fair is one of the major opportunities of the year for us to invite people on to our site (apart from Christmas and Easter). In fact, it is the time we have the most people on site with at least 600 people here at any one time.

It is a prime opportunity for us to connect with the Canberra community and to show them both who and where we are.

It is also a chance to give something back to the community by providing a fun day out for Canberrans. Families can come together without breaking the bank. I am sure that you will agree that this can be a rare thing these days! It also means that finances do not exclude people, because our Fair is open and accessible to all.

We would not be able to do this without the generous donations of the ponies, jumping castle, petting zoo and face painting.

We are also grateful to all the wonderful entertainers who put on a brilliant show for all in the church grounds, the church building and the hall.

A big thank you to McQuoid’s Offering Bush Band, Emmaus Christian School Band and Choir, Canberra Pipes and Drums, The Society for Creative Anachronism, Canberra Grammar School Concert Band, COZMO, Radford Camerata, The Anglican School Googong Choir and the Strange Weather Gospel Choir.

If you have any feedback, creative suggestions or stall ideas for next year, please contact me via email.

The Fair will be on again next year on Saturday 17 October 2020.

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