Despite the wet weather forecast and sodden grounds, Amanda’s school fete was a huge success with droves turning up from our suburb and all around. Rides had cues snaking metres long, the trash and treasure stalls attracted hordes of bargain hunters and everywhere you looked, there were people with a plate in their hand and a smile on their faces.
Amanda and I arrived at close to noon with our friends Mehan, Janaki and their daughter Maya, to partake in the festivities. Our first stop was the grade 2 cake stall where I dropped off my donation of home-made chocolate chip cookies and Janaki picked up Elmo from Sesame Street cupcakes. Next, we had a tour of the food stalls, stopping by each one to see what was on offer. Since we had a late breakfast, it was mutually agreed that we would continue checking out the fiesta and this we did by making a beeline for the crafts stall. There Janaki picked up a lovely hand-knitted preppy sweater for Maya and I, a hand-knotted cream and caramel scarf for myself to combat the coming cold.
We circled the preserve and jams stall, when His Royal Highness joined us with his on-call phone. We were not expecting him but Amanda was clearly pleased to have him with us. She dragged me to the Tombola stall where my one dollar bought her the surprise prize of one plastic doll and a beaded necklace. Janaki and I then took off to dig for our own treasure in the Trash and Treasure stall at the end of the field. We each picked up a couple of books and I, an almost new Kookai wool dress for the bargain price of $3.
From there, we adjourned to another pre-loved goods stall, where in the fashion of all Asian mothers, I was as pleased as Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas when I spied a huge board for Amanda to learn her times-table from. We hauled our finds back to Mehan and His Royal Highness, sitting docilely with the kids under a tent next to the cake stall, talking shop, before going to grab lunch.
All in all, I’d say we had a great day out. Organisers hope to equal or better last year’s record of $45k raised from this annual event. Funds raised will be put towards adding to the school’s stock of library books and new computers.