Fun at the Laura Folk Fair

Jack Pike, 4, of Balaklava enjoyed his camel ride at the Laura Folk Fair on the weekend.
Jack Pike, 4, of Balaklava enjoyed his camel ride at the Laura Folk Fair on the weekend.

This year’s Laura Folk Fair proved to be a huge success, with an estimated 20,000 people attending the two-day event.

Crowd estimates for the Saturday alone were at 15,000 – one of the biggest crowds the Folk Fair has ever seen.

A new committee led the event this year, and received much praise from the community.

Chairman Barry Harvie said they had received great support from locals.

“At its peak, Herbert Street and Hughes Street were absolutely full,” he said.

“We have received lots of fantastic feedback. A lot of people thought the Folk Fair was just wonderful.”

The sky came to life on Saturday night, as the fireworks display made a spectacular return.

Once the fireworks were over, a rock band kept the crowd entertained throughout the rest of the night.

The excitement continued on the Sunday, with plenty of entertainment for fair-goers. It was also the day that the whip cracking and ice cream eating competitions got underway.

Mr Harvie said the committee was absolutely thrilled with the success of the event.

Famous Laura-ite and winner of Channel 10’s The Renovators, Michael Lynch, officially opened the show on the Saturday.

The event proved to be a hit with not only with fair-goers but also many stall holders.

This year, there was a strong focus on families, with the introduction of the kidszone.

There were all sorts of fun activities for the kids to take part in, including a petting zoo, face painting, story telling and sand art.

Sideshow alley is always a hit with the bigger kids, with plenty of rides to get their adrenalin rushing.

With clear blue skies, plenty of entertainment and stalls galore, you could understand why this event is one of the Southern Flinders’ biggest draw cards.

Now that the Folk Fair is done and dusted for another year, Mr Harvie along with his excellent committee will be getting ready for what should be another spectacular event in 2013!