FUN AT THE FAIR: Phoebe Carruth, Chris Matiussi-Pimm, and Suzie Newman, students of Alstonville Public School having a ball at their stall at the Green Fair on Saturday.
FUN AT THE FAIR: Phoebe Carruth, Chris Matiussi-Pimm, and Suzie Newman, students of Alstonville Public School having a ball at their stall at the Green Fair on Saturday. Doug Eaton

Alstonville Green Fair makes eco-entrepreneurs of kids

CHILDREN became entrepreneurs all in the name of the environment at Alstonville Public School's Groovy Green Fair on Saturday.

Hundreds of locals took advantage of great weather to browse more than 20 stalls, some held by kids, selling everything from fresh local produce to cakes, toys, books, jewellery, bric-a-brac, plants and clothes.

One stallholder, year five student Suzie Newman, took her unwanted toys, clothes, books and shoes to sell.

"We had all of this stuff at home downstairs and we wanted other kids to be able to use it rather than throw it away," she said.

The Groovy Green Fair was the brainchild of parents from the school's Green Team, to coincide with Wednesday's World Environment Day.

Fair-goers also enjoyed a performance by the school band, local musicians and the Frugal Fashion parade featuring models in Op Shop Chic clothes and recycled newspaper garments in the Read all about it category.

It took Angela McCormick eight hours to make her 10-year-old daughter Katie's newspaper dress.

"The hand-pleating took most of the time and news- paper wasn't an easy medium to work with," Mrs McCormick said.

Two Alstonville Fire Brigade tankers were a hit with children who got the chance to explore the trucks, use the fire hose and set off the sirens.

Principal Kate Moore said students got the opportunity to experience leadership roles in helping to organise stalls for the fair.

Mrs Moore said the Groovy Green Fair would not have been possible without the generous donations of plants to sell and prizes for raffles from the community.

She said Alstonville High School, Wollongbar Public, Teven-Tintenbar Public, Ballina Public and St Josephs Alstonville all helped by loaning items used at the fair.

"The fair offered the kids, parents and community members the opportunity to come together and either showcase their talents or sell their goods," she said.

More than $5000 was raised to go toward installing shade sails, more vegetable gardens and beautifying the school grounds.


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