Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday School Fete

It was Maddie's 7th birthday on Friday. We had a small family birthday celebration with presents at home last night but what Maddie was really looking forward to was her school's annual fete on Saturday. We'd bought her a wrist band which allowed her unlimited goes on the many amusement rides.

Saturday morning dawned clear and bright. It was a beautiful winter's day; blue sky, sunshine and a slight nip in the air (our winters in Australia are very mild). Along with myself were my wife Debbie, our 7 year old daughter Maddie, 2 year old daughter Georgia, and my Mum (AKA Grandma).

The school's Winter Carnival. The gridded enclosure is for 'Cow Pat Lotto'.

There were lots of rides and games for the children to play, as well as food, art, crafts and second-hand stalls for the parents. I picked up an old copy of the board game Battle for the Galaxy Zylatron for $2 from the second-hand stall (more for the components than the game itself).

Maddie on the giant slide

I couldn't resist the slide and took Georgia with me as an excuse

After some rides and games for the kids we made our way to the school auditorium where they had on display art from all the children at the school.

Maddie in front of her self-portrait entitled 'Happy - Normal - Sad'

One of the funniest things I saw was a fundraising effort for the school called 'Cow Pat Lotto'. For $20 you could buy one square in a 15 x 15 grid. Just after midday they would release a calf into the gridded enclosure. If the calf crapped in your square you'd win $1,000.

The calf with the $1,000 crap

They had lots of groups of children entertaining the crowds with dancing. One of the cutest was a small group of tiny ballerinas.

Mini ballerinas

We had lunch there. I had a particularly tasty baked potato with all the toppings.

Georgia was having a great time

Grandma, Maddie and Georgia enjoying the day

We went home after lunch. In the afternoon Deb went back to the school fete with Maddie and Nanny and Pop who had just arrived, for more fun including an evening outdoor screening of the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks. I stayed home to look after Georgia who was quite tired after the morning's excitement.

1 comment:

mikey said...

Looks like the fete provided a good time. What school does Maddie go to?

I am fond of the combat system in Zylatron. The strike deck has hit or miss cards, with only the two miss cards. I played a game in which there was still a miss in the deck, and only one card left. Made for a slow game.