Words from Emily, Parent Coordinator
WOW! What can I say?
The Harmony Fete was all that we had hoped for and dreamed of.
We first met in November last year with the aim of organising and running the 2018 NMPS fete. We noted that our first priority was to ensure that the fete was enjoyed by the kids and the community. We took some risks – proposing a Saturday fete for one – something that hadn’t been done for the previous handful of fetes.
Our theme was Harmony. Whilst there was disharmony with the weather for the early part of the fete (what luck!!) there was a really beautiful collective vibe – we were all there to enjoy the day as part of our community with our kids, families and friends, eating delicious food and having fun!
For me, there were a few specific highlights. The first was seeing happy kids. Even when the rides were closed for rain, the kids were having the best time in Side Show Alley doing the ‘Jaffa Smasher’, or getting their face painted, hair sprayed, nailed done, henna’d, or watching some of the amazing acts on the stage. When the rained cleared and the rides did open (and the fairy floss sticks arrived!) the happiness was palpable.
The oval was full of happy children lining up for a giant slide or another twirl on the tea cups. The Fairy Floss was ever popular, the happy queue moved quickly and one excited seven year old asked “Is fairy floss what fairies use to clean their teeth?”. The African food sold out in two hours. The Errol Grey tea, the tea towels and all the Harry Potter wands sold out too. The Vegie Tavern was packed. A good time was had by one and all.
The second highlight was the extreme level of parent/family/community participation. Not only did we end up filling ¾ of all of the signup spots (we had over 400 spots) we had people turning up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday who just jumped in there, and helped wherever they could. We also received so many donations for the hampers, for the stalls, for the activities and for the auctions. This all happened because of you.
Lastly, and very importantly, was getting to know and work with you all. Whilst I think we can all agree that there were some up’s and down’s, we all came together and did something amazing, and very fulfilling. Thank you for your patience with me - being my first time to do anything like this, I definitely had my L plates on. I really felt that we were a great team. Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication to this monumental task because without your time, energy and effort we would not have pulled off such a fantastic fete.
The fabulous time we all had was only possible because of the hard work of many people – there are a lot of generous people we wish to thank.