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Fun at the fair 2023

Craig Drew, master blacksmith. At Calala Cottage Spring Fair 2023

Tamworth Historical Society held a successful Spring Fair on Sunday 17 September.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the hot weather (32 degrees), tours through the Museum and the morning teas and BBQ supplied by Lions Club members. Mike Cashman ran games and activities on the lawn for children all day and Mr Hobbs held class in the schoolhouse showing children how to use a nib pen and ink.  Only one ink well was tipped on a little dress!

There was plenty of entertainment from Sing Australia members, the Peel Ukelele Players strummed and sang in the cool of the ballroom and Bill Gleeson played the piano.  There were sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day and blacksmith Craig Drew kept up the fluids while he heated and hammered in the blacksmiths.

Boys and a small dog enjoying a ride

Tamworth Classic Fire Engine Club showed two engines, one from 1933 and the other 1939. Thank you to Bob Hancock, Brian Hoy and Merv Bailey and security dog Elie for driving the engines over to Calala Cottage Museum for the day. Our antique car, Horace the Dodge, was out on show for the first time. Visitor Dorothy Studte reacquainted herself with Horace as her grandfather, Mr Jack Lye, was the original owner.  Mr Lye used to pick her up from Loomberah School in Horace and was frequently requested to give rides to all the children.

Delicious freshly baked goods were soon sold out on Annette Winter’s stall.  The ice creams from D’lish on Wheels were very popular in the hot weather. Other stalls included Landcare (Australian plants), trash’n’treasure and the ever-lasting book stall.  The front veranda held a display of Mike Cashman’s commemorative plates, as well as First Fleeters and Family History groups together with Jennifer Richards on her treadle sewing machine.

Peel Ukelele Players

Thank you to our President Jennifer Porter for organising the Spring Fair. Special thanks to all the Society’s members and their friends who together put in many hours of work before, during and after the Fair to make it a very successful and enjoyable day. 

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