A beautiful sunny day set the stage for the fourth annual Bennett Springs Fair, held at Beechboro Christian School on Saturday March 12th.
Originally envisioned as a profile-raising event for Beechboro Christian School, the Bennett Springs Fair has now evolved into a significant event for the local community. It brings together over 2000 people to enjoy a range of interesting stalls, variety of educational activities and fun rides for the children, enjoyable music and lovingly cooked food, set in the beautiful grounds of the school.
Event organizer, Marisa Streeton, who begins work on the event in October, said, “We are so happy to be able to host this event which is a great way for families to have a wonderful day at a very reasonable price.”
“It has been great to see the event grow from 16 stall holders in the first year to 50 this year. The biggest feedback we get is how friendly all the staff are, which is exactly what we want the community to see.
“On the day we had 26 staff, the school committee and a number of active parents make it all happen.
“We are proud to showcase our school and this year alone, we have had nine enquiries for enrolments as a result of our fair which is the icing on the cake,” Marisa said.
In addition to a range of unique stalls offering something for everyone, Compassion Australia, the SCEA Institute of Teaching and Learning and sister schools Swan Christian College Trade Training Centre and Ellenbrook Christian College, all had a presence at the fair.
Little ones were spoilt for choice with animal petting, sand art, science experiments, face painting and a range of rides.
Old McDonalds Animal Farm proprietor, Donna Hughes said, “We do a lot of jobs but this fair is one of my favourites. There is a lovely atmosphere and the children are especially respectful towards the animals.”
Taste buds were satisfied by a range of delicious options from Devonshire Tea’s to the ever-popular hamburgers and hotdogs, prepared by school staff and the school committee.
“It is great helping out the school community and you can’t beat the smell of cooked sausages in the morning,” said Ben Miles, husband of school committee member Lisa Miles, who was volunteering for the third year in a row.
The atmosphere was enhanced by a variety of talented musical acts as well as two charming MC’s, Linda Hewson and Diane Durham, who amongst other things announced the all important school tours.
“The BCS staff are awesome and it is a great way for us all to reflect God’s love to the wider community without being 'in your face about it'. It really is a pleasure when you have such a wonderful and supportive staff, ” concluded Marisa.
Mr Krause, new Principal at BCS commented, “This is obviously my first experience of the fair and I found it to be a terrific event. It is a testament to the strong and engaged community of Beechboro Christian School. It was wonderful to see staff members, parents and students current and past working together to produce this highlight of the school and community calendars. We are very grateful to Mrs Streeton and all that volunteered.”