Fun-filled programme for Priory fair this weekend

2018-05-23 06:01
Along with old favourites, there’s plenty of new activities at this year’s Priory Fair. Photo:CLAIRE VAN ROOYEN

Along with old favourites, there’s plenty of new activities at this year’s Priory Fair. Photo:CLAIRE VAN ROOYEN

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THE Priory Fair, one of Port Elizabeth’s longest-running school fêtes and an annual highlight on the city calendar for a fun-filled family day out, has added some new attractions alongside its time-tested favourites for this weekend’s event on Friday and Saturday.

The Friday night before the fair has become known for its entertainment line-up and this year offers a family movie night under the stars for the first time, screening a double feature of Moana and Sing.

The evening also offers music and fun with Let’s Go Country, featuring local artists performing classics from way back to modern-day, awaiting in the beer tent, offering prizes for the best dressed as well as lucky draws.

Saturday’s Fair will see another new addition, with braai fundis invited to show off their skills in a potjiekos competition which will be sending out tantalising aromas from early morning until the judging at 12:30.

It’s all about the food, but the judges will also be looking out for the best dressed team, the most attractive table and the most spirited team. Tickets for potjiekos meals will be available at 13:00.

The Priory Dog Show offers a host of prizes from best walker and best dressed, to best pedigree, best cross breed, and the dog the judges would most like to take home.

Entries are R40 per dog, with registration from 08:00 and the competition starting at 09:00.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Animal Welfare.

Food stalls will also be available, including a cake stall, Indian and Chinese food stalls, along with breakfast for the early risers, burgers, spitkoek, pancakes, ice-cream, a tea garden and the ever-popular braai stand alongside the other stalwarts of the Fair.

There will also be a beer tent with music and sport on the big screens throughout the day. Kids’ activities like the funfair, pony rides, a giant inflatable park, pedal go-carts, a soft play area, and face-painting will also be available for the youngsters.

A full programme of music and entertainment includes Priory’s jazz and marimba bands, the Booysen’s Park Violins and the Lake Farm Band, as well as local artists, like Alasdair Gillies, Graham Beyer, Jen Schneeberger, Ken and Doron, Cliffy Stuurman, UDAKA, Claire Venn, Lee, and Mikayla Kaschula, finishing up with Erroll and the Kini Bay Band at 15:30.

Entertainment in the arena area includes demonstrations of karate, fencing, dancing, rhythmic gymnastics and unarmed combat; and there’s a vehicle exhibition for those in the market for new wheels.

For the treasure hunters, there’s always a wide array of books on offer, as well as bargains to be found on the white elephant stall, alongside stalls selling clothing, jewellery, pet products, and arts and crafts.

A number of local community and charity organisations will also have stalls at the Fair, including Aurora Special Care Centre, CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation), Lake Farm Centre, SANCCOB (SA Foundation for Conservation of Coastal Birds), Vonnies Rescue Animals, One Land Love It and the Blind Society.

Fast facts:

. The Fair opens officially at 09:00 on Saturday. Entry to the Fair is free and parking is available on the school grounds and surrounding area. A Park ‘n Ride shuttle at R10 return will be available from the Fountain Vineyard Church in nearby Newcombe Avenue.

. Tickets (R50) for the outdoor cinema on Friday can be purchased at the gate or beforehand from the school. Refreshments on sale. Bring your own blankets, camping chairs and picnics. Starting time, 17:30 for 18:00.

. Let’s Go Country starts at 19:00 on Friday May 25, in the beer tent. Tickets R90 from Cindy on 083 986 5065 or Janet on 083 406 3067.

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