Perfect weather and a lot of hard work from a dedicated group of parents and teachers combined to make the Sapphire Coast Anglican College (SCAC) Country Fair a rousing success on Saturday.
Organiser Kirsty Umbers said the day was “absolutely amazing”, drawing a huge crowd to the school grounds at Max Slater Drive.
“We live in a rural community so I thought let’s have an old-fashioned country fair and show the kids what it’s really like being country kids,” she said.
The fair also celebrated the school’s 20th anniversary and showcased SCAC to the wider community.
“I’m not sure of the numbers at this point but I know all the car parks were full pretty early and we ran out of food at the barbecue three times!
“I was a bit worried about the rain, but it was clear skies until the end, we got really lucky.
“The principal Andrew Duchesne told me he didn’t recognise three-quarters of the families there, so it definitely brought in a lot of people from the Valley who don’t have children at the school and let them see the grounds and meet teachers.”
Ms Umbers said since Saturday she has been inundated with positive feedback.
“People just really loved it.
“It had a great family-friendly atmosphere, a lot of people commented they liked the relaxed pace and they felt it was a nice, safe environment for the kids to enjoy themselves.
“I think the children enjoyed the animal nursery the most.”
Ms Umbers thanked all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time.
“In particular, everyone who turned the school library into a mini-version of the pavilion at the Bega Show.
“There was an art and photography exhibition and science displays, a lot of work went into it.”
Ms Umbers also thanked the Bega and District Historical Machinery Club, whip-crackers Brian and Charlie Wilson, Richard Breust, Steven Salway, Rowan Alcock, Warick Wilton and Ross Umbers for their displays.