The weeks of planning, organising, gathering funds, selling tickets and late nights all culminated in our very own first Keen Country Fair. My favourite thing about the fair must have been the various sources of live entertainment, the candy stall, the games and the kids’ excitement, wait… I think that means I pretty much loved everything; and by the looks of it on the day it seemed that those that came out did too.
With an early start to the day, on the 22nd of November, featuring checked shirts, cowboy hats, hay bales lots of moving things to the field and setting up the games and stalls, we put on our very first fair, and it was delightful. Things were on track and by after 10 Jade had done her introduction greeting and ( as planned) the wonderful sounds of our first entertainment act, the band Borderline, were blaring through the speakers , with the St Francis boys’ all gathered in the entertainment arena ready for the day’s events.
The fair served as a way of us inviting friends, family and colleagues to see what we do at St Francis, thanking those that have sponsored us throughout the year and a way of ending the year off with our annual Christmas party. Not only so, but keeping with the Christmas spirit, we invited an organisation we have collaborated with in the past –Today initiative, to bring some of the kids that they work with along to join in on the festivities.
In true fair style each St Francis and Today child was given tickets which they could use throughout the day to purchase refreshments, food, sweet treats, popcorn and lunch. Those that attended the fair were able to buy tickets on arrival as well as exchange their donation ticket for a meal of their choice, a boerie roll or some chicken and salad.
After the first act, it was time for the kids to play some games, and that consisted of them either being in the arena watching an act, playing games with some music playing in the background and going to the various stalls to get food and drink.
The fair started off slowly, but as the day progressed more people arrived and there was an air of excitement and a sense of community, which was pretty great to be a part of. The kids and adults alike were thoroughly entertained by the dog show that the Western Province Dog Club put on, the sweet melodious sounds of the Pinelands High sax ensemble and the Pinelands High Marimba band as well as the that of Natasha Meister, the dance performance by B Boys Dance Group and especially our last act presented by Snakes Indatein, a snake show group from Strandfontein.
The day ended off on a wonderful high with the kids being able to exchange the points they had acquired from playing the games throughout the day for a prizes and then lastly with gifts from Santa that left them smiling for quite some time after.
It was a busy hot day for us Keeners, and though there was lots to do once everyone had left, we were all in high spirits beaming from the success of the day.
A special thank you to all those that donated in small and big ways (Standard Bank, Woolworths, Country Fair, Spar, Hawkes Events and Sanitech ),to our volunteers for giving up your time and energy and to all those that came out to support us on the day. You showed how Keen you were by putting it into action, and we thank you for it.
Join us again next year, and be Keen !