Bega Country Fair to showcase paddock to plate ethos

RURAL FUN: Enjoying the 2016 Country Fair are Bernie Anderson, Paul and Pete the bulls, Pete McCarthy and Aaron Burns all of Wandella.
RURAL FUN: Enjoying the 2016 Country Fair are Bernie Anderson, Paul and Pete the bulls, Pete McCarthy and Aaron Burns all of Wandella.

The fourth annual Country Fair at the Sapphire Coast Anglican College is “going to bigger than Ben Hur” says new principal Colin May.

This year’s fair is themed “Paddock to Plate” with plenty on offer to whet your appetite and keep you entertained, with a focus on sustainable agriculture and hands-on produce in the district.

College P&F president Kirsty Umbers has been a driving force behind the country fair over the years and is hoping to showcase the school community and its range of educational and inspirational activities.

“The paddock to plate theme is a big part of what some of the kids are doing in class this year,” Ms Umbers said.

The theme is even being taken quite literally by some of the college’s science students who have been rearing ducks during classes with a view to how they end up on our plates.

As a result, at this Saturday’s Country Fair, visitors will be able to enjoy duck spring rolls and duck curry!

There will also be demonstrations of cow milking and well-known Tilba dairy farmer Erica Dibden will be on hand to demonstrate the art of making butter. Also on hand will be representatives from the Bega Valley Amateur Beekeepers.

Market stalls will have a major focus on handmade crafts and local produce, while there will also be a barbecue and cake stand run by the P&F, and fresh homemade lemonade being sold by SCAC pupils.

To add to the lively country feel of the fair, the Bega Historical Machinery Club will have their regular display of vintage working engines, but a display of the more modern farm tractor will give visitors an appreciation of how working on a farm has changed over the years.

The popular chainsaw relay will also return this year as will plenty of family friendly entertainment and activities like the petting zoo, damper making, jumping castle and face painting.

This year also sees the addition of an art and photography competition. If you have a favourite rural-themed photo, pick up an entry form from SCAC reception and submit your work before 3pm Thursday.

The Bega Country Fair is on at Sapphire Coast Anglican College on Saturday, May 20, 9am until 2pm.

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