Helensburgh will be celebrating Spring Fever this Saturday, 25 October, with the Helensburgh Lions Club’s Annual Country Fair.
Charles Harper Park will be bursting with market stalls, carnival rides, all-day entertainment and delicious food ranging from vegan sweets and gozleme to tapas and, of course, the reliably satisfying Lions barbeque.
The Fair atmosphere continues at the local community centre in Walker Street where the Lions will also have a second-hand book stall and a best decorated cake competition where the cakes will be judged and then sold by silent auction, with the proceeds going to the Lions for their many community projects.
“The Country Fair is an event that invites and involves the whole community,” says President Steve Wright. “We are especially pleased to have The Tradies and Peabody Energy as our major sponsors, and also to be working with fantastic local businesses such as The Art Box and A Garden for Life, Otford Writer’s Boot Camp and The Mama Tree’s mumtrepeneurs. It is a wonderful day out for the whole family, and I’d encourage anyone who has not visited the Burgh lately to come along and not only enjoy the Fair, but all the new businesses we have in town. You’re all welcome!”
The Walker Street community centre will also be a focus for some colourful activities, as The Art Box and A Garden for Life will be run a series of children’s spring craft workshops, including making a fairy garden or dinosaur habitat. As both businesses tend to run very popular workshops, booking is advised for some workshops – book your place.
The Otford Writer’s Boot Camp will also be adding its own special mix to the day when it presents a series of forums on The Meaning of Life. Each 45 minutes session will provide insights into similarities between different religious and spiritual beliefs, as each speaker presents a different viewpoint. These are followed by a Q&A session. Topics to be addressed include the nature of the soul, good versus evil, death and suicide, and the possibility of an afterlife.
The Country Fair concludes with the Grand Parade at 4.30pm, when the streets are lined with locals and visitors keen to see the local pre-schools and schools, community and sporting groups, local businesses and our wonderful local Rural Fire Service trucks wind their way along Walker Street with their police escort, in a loud and colourful display.