Residents of all ages and interests gathered at Mann Oval yesterday for the Mosman Park Community Fair and enjoyed a free fun afternoon that offered enjoyment and entertainment for all ages in perfect autumn weather.
On a sunny and temperate afternoon, families, kids, teenagers, grandparents and everyone in between came together in a spirit of community harmony, with a broad range of attractions that kept everyone engaged. New attractions this year included the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council’s MarioKart activity, where the youngsters (and some not so young) set lap times and challenged each other to beat their records.
Back again this year were ‘come and try’ sports activities, with many local sporting clubs representing AFL, soccer and netball all signing up recruits for season 2019, while the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland, Mosman Bay Sea Scouts, Mosman Park Community Group, the local Residents and Ratepayer’s Association and St Luke’s and others made new connections.
After scaling the climbing wall, bouncing on bouncy castles and spinning around on the Zorb maze, those who had worked up an appetite enjoyed tasty treats and drinks delivered by food trucks, as well as the ever-popular fairy floss and ice cream and the BBQ provided by the Mosman Park Men’s Shed.
The 2019 event saw a strong line up of live music and entertainment, with two stages running performances throughout the day. At the Children’s stage, the little ones watched performances by The Ladybird Entertainment Sea Fairy Show, the Jolly Jim Pirate Show, Storytime with Stewart from The Grove Library and got their boogie on dancing with Happy Feet’s Dance Performance.
At the Community Stage, the crowd were treated to the stylings of local rising musical star Megan Emslie, performers from St Hilda’s as well as from the Mosman Park Men’s Shed. The musical highlights included roving performances and workshops by the Junkadelic Brass Brand, and the finale by headlining act the Two Cent Professionals, who belted out many much-loved songs through an impressive ensemble featuring many musicians and singers, delivering a big band sound.
The interactive exhibits on the day were popular with visitors of all ages, and it was lovely to see parents and children together making sand sculptures and agonising over which of the baked treats they should take home, provided by the volunteers from the Mosman Park Primary Schools.
The highly popular Pimped Out Pushys competition saw three particularly striking entries, including one decorated as Felix the Cat, one covered in flowers, and one themed like 60s Britpop sensation The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. All three finalists were delighted to receive a prize, thereby rounding out the Town’s celebration of Bike Week.
Mayor Pollock addressed the crowd at 3pm, informing everyone about school holidays events that are coming up in April, and reminding all about the importance of making local connections. He thanked all of the local community groups who had supported the event this year, as they have in many years past, and thanked Lotterywest for their financial support that made the event possible.
Mayor Pollock and his fellow Councillors including Deputy Mayor Zenda Johnson, and Councillors Andrew Baird, Georgie Carey, Jenna Ledgerwood, Andrew Maurice and Paul Shaw, and they were on hand at the Town’s stall to meet local residents and answer their questions and take suggestions.
A full listing of all of the social, sporting and other opportunities available in Mosman Park can be found here or by calling 9384 1633.