27 April, 2023

Community spirit shines at family fun day in Wamuran

THE Wamuran State School oval was abuzz as more than 2,000 people flocked to the Wamuran Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 18.

D’Aguilar Wildlife owner Ben Bawden was kept busy at the Wamuran Family Fun Day.
D’Aguilar Wildlife owner Ben Bawden was kept busy at the Wamuran Family Fun Day.

Attendees started to arrive at 2.30pm, and then the three-hour event began with the school choir entertaining the audience with a selection of songs.

Rides were popular with the children throughout the afternoon, while face painting and the wildlife show were also a hit.

A giant slide, a jumping castle, a car show, and a demonstration from the Rural Fire Brigade were other drawcards, while people were well fed as food stalls, vans and marquees included a barbecue, woodfired pizza, snow cones, popcorn, fairy floss and other sweet treats.

Another standout was local artist Jade Plaistow, who took centre stage and delighted the audience with four sets of popular songs from stage musicals to 1960s British pop. The following week, Jade performed in A Night of the Poms at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre; a tribute to British icons of pop, rock and music theatre.

A spokesperson from event organiser Wamuran Lions Club said they couldn’t have wished for a better day, after rain forced the cancellation of the Christmas Carnival and then forced the Family Fun Day to be postponed a week.

“The sunshine was in full force and the attendance reflected that,” the spokesperson said.

“We were fortunate to have lots of shade available for families to enjoy as well.”

The spokesperson said the community spirit made the event a success while the Wamuran Lions members worked the stalls and coordinated the day.

“The outpouring of support, and kind words from our community made the day one of the biggest events we have ever hosted,” the spokesperson said.

“The smiles on the families’ faces, adults and children, was the absolute highlight of our day, along with the encouragement and positive feedback we received.

“It is clear our local community needs and wants events like this, to re-engage with each other and connect to new neighbours, all while discovering our Wamuran Lions Club and what we do.

“We are grateful to all of the local businesses that supported us as well.”

The spokesperson said there was a feeling of “we did it” among the Lions members, as the event felt like “a long time coming” after the weather-related delays.

“We are now discussing the possibility of having two events a year – the Christmas Carnival and the Family Fun Day – as we were thrilled with the positive response,” the spokesperson said.

“We would love to see more community-minded people join our club and assist us.

“Although there is a lot of work involved, it is fun and well worth it when you have such a successful day.”

Wamuran Lions Club president Sue Clement thanked everyone who attended, and she also thanked Wamuran State School for allowing the Lions to utilise the school oval for the event.

“The Lions Club was very happy to bring the community together for a day of family fun,” she said.

“A huge thank you to our sponsors for providing the free rides plus the in-kind support from local businesses.

“Our goal was achieved and we look forward to offering further community events.”


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