Pullenvale is a small town about 10 minutes from where I lived. When I say small, I mean small; it has a population of a little over 3,000. It also has a school.
This school was established 135 years ago.
As you know, most schools have an annual event, normally called the school fete. But the Pullenvale State School’s annual event is called the “Bush Picnic”, and that is where we went on Sunday.
What was there?
When I arrived they had just started the auction……
The auctioneer was definitely on his game.
The first item in the auction sold for, I think, $775 and was $1,220 worth of Gold Coast holiday. The rest of the items up for auction were pretty good too, so I imagine they raised a fair amount of money, because all the items were donated by local businessmen.
Next, I noticed the camel rides……
But I was hungry, so I went off to one of the many stalls to find something to eat. Coincidentally, I could have bought a camel burger, but how could I? I’d just seen how much fun some camels could give to young children. So instead, I bought
A croc burger!
They had some farmyard animals, including this cute little piglet….
A very long slide and, as you can probably make out in the forefront, a paper aeroplane throwing competition.
That’s Beninoz just about to launch a paper plane into the air. He was there for hours, I’ve never seen him have so much fun. I’m thinking of buying him a sheet of A4 paper for Christmas.
They also had a train ride……
And they sold lottery tickets, now I’d never seen anything like this before……..
Pick the square that pony will poop into and win a prize!
They also had live music, I can tell you that this band did a cracking version of “Whisky in the Jar”.
There was a 1925 Austin 20…..
And a puppet show…..
But best of all they had a makeshift pub……
And I had a beer….
All in all, plenty to do in a tiny little school in a tiny little town. I tip my hat to the Pullenvale State School for making such a fantastic effort. Way better than any school fete I went to in England. Oh, and entry?