OUR FUTURE: Alstonville Baptist Community Preschool youngsters Ashlyn Bailey, 4, Jonathan Wiltshire, 4, and Yasmin King, 4, are looking forward to the monster garage sale and children’s expo this weekend.
OUR FUTURE: Alstonville Baptist Community Preschool youngsters Ashlyn Bailey, 4, Jonathan Wiltshire, 4, and Yasmin King, 4, are looking forward to the monster garage sale and children’s expo this weekend. Rebecca Lollback

A monster of a sale

A MONSTER garage sale and inaugural children's expo will be held at the Alstonville Baptist Community Preschool on Saturday, September 10.

Ballina MP Don Page will officially open the expo, and invitations have also been sent to the NSW Education Minister, Page MP Janelle Saffin and Ballina Shire C Ward councillors.

Organisers are hoping that the politicians will gain a "firsthand glimpse of what a great service our preschool provides and the need for a continuing preschool service in Alstonville".

In past years the annual monster garage sale has been a huge success and has been well-attended by about 3000 people.

With the inclusion of a children's expo this year, even more people are expected to attend.

The expo will be a one-stop shop for parents of primary aged children.

Schools will display their kindergarten programs and provide entertainment by their students, including Alstonville Public School, St Joseph's Primary School, Rous Public School, Wollongbar Public School, Emmanuel Anglican College, Richmond Christian College and Summerland Christian College.

Other exhibitors will include MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Northern Rivers Skateboard Coaching, Alstonville Football Club, Scripture in Schools, Alstonville Hockey Club, Alstonville Junior Cricket Club, Harvest LIFE, Alstonville Dance Studio, Hothouse Music, Alstonville Girl Guides and the Rainbow Region Kids OSHC. Children can enjoy the giant jumping castle, Old McDonald's Farm, pony rides, snow cones, barbecue breakfast and lunch, face painting, balloon animals, classic cars display, SES and fire brigade displays, woodcrafters and much more. There will be free clown shows with special guest Picco the Clown.

"Our hope for the day is to keep the preschool alive in everyone's eyes and to gain recognition from the community that a preschool is a crucial and viable service for our children," organisers said.

"Although the day isn't specifically a fundraiser, any proceeds made will go towards something of benefit to the preschool."

Parking will be available using the Ellis Road entrance (off Wardell Road), and a shuttle bus service will run between 9am and 2pm from The Plaza car park on Robertson Street, near the corner of Wardell Road. The garage sale and expo will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 8am to 2pm.

WHERE TO DONATE

Leave donations (not clothing please) at the Baptist Church Hall on Wednesday, September 7, Thursday, September 8 between 9am and 6pm, and also on Friday, September 9 between 9am and 3pm.


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