HO HO HO: Proserpine State School Year 6 students Amelia Emmerson, Sean Turner, Isaac Comerford and Korin Dean-Boettcher are looking forward to the school’s annual Christmas in July Fete on Friday.
HO HO HO: Proserpine State School Year 6 students Amelia Emmerson, Sean Turner, Isaac Comerford and Korin Dean-Boettcher are looking forward to the school’s annual Christmas in July Fete on Friday. Matthew Newton

Santa’s getaway Jingle all the way to the fete

PESTERING their parents for money and eating ice-cream are just some of the things that have got Proserpine State School (PSS) Year 6 students Sean Turner and Korin Dean-Boettcher excited for Friday's PSS Christmas in July Fete, starting at 5.30pm.

"You get to go on rides and hang out with your mates," Sean said.

A highlight of the fete's myriad of activities will be the new "throw a sponge at a teacher" stall, sure to be a student favourite.

Also on the agenda are the usual lucky dips, plant stall, barbecue, cake stall, chocolate drop, bar, face painting, trash and treasure stall, ham wheel, 100 club, balloons, goose club raffle, and rides and slides - including a giant inflatable slide, gladiator duel challenge, merry-go-round, jumping castle and more . Entertainment will be provided by the school choir and Proserpine Citizens Band.

But what fete with a Christmas in July theme would be complete without the jolly man himself?

Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas - regardless of what name you call him, Santa Claus will make a grand entrance on Friday.

The Guardian's sources inform us that due to North Queensland's warm climate, Santa has ditched his sleigh and reindeer in favour of hitching a ride with the local fire brigade, arriving at about 7.45pm.

If the kids are really into rides, four-hour unlimited rides passes can be pre-purchased before the fete from the PSS office, Fresh Fields Newsagency or the Australian Workers' Union office (98 Main Street) for $28, and all pre-purchased ticket-holders go into a draw to win a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet.

Passes can be purchased on the day for $33.

The PSS Christmas in July Fete is organised year thanks to the efforts of the Proserpine State School Parents and Teachers Association.

The association wishes to thank local businesses and community members who donated prizes and time.

Anyone wanting to donate prizes, craft items, plants, trash and treasure (no electrical items or animals), please drop them off at the school office. A courtesy bus will run from 5pm-10pm.


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