All the fun of the fair
By LEE McDOUGALL
WHAT can you buy for 50 cents?
Well, if you were among the estimated 9000 who attended the Orara Valley Fair yesterday, you will know that 50 cents buys five minutes of fun on a hay ride.
Now in its 28th year, the annual fundraising event returned to its roots yesterday with a strong focus on animals.
There were showjumping events, goat milking displays, the Old McDonald's petting farm, Steve McEwan with his snakes and lizards, and a couple of poddy calves thrown in for good measure.
Also entertaining the crowd was all the action of the woodchopping, a trip back in time with the Karangi Vintage Machinery Museum and the beautiful, buxom Coramba Belly Babes plus Francesca's Tribal Earth dancers.
"We were blessed with the weather and people were lined up at the gate before we had even opened," fair president Teena Goodman said.
"The horse riding has been spectacular, attracting huge crowds. We were aiming to raise $8000 but judging by the size of the crowd we'll be well in excess of that figure."
The Orara Valley Fair is the major fundraising event for the community-operated Orara Valley Hall and the recreation grounds.