Meekatharra Festival (Part 1) Markets and street parades

Our friends, Ellen & Erik are heavily involved in community affairs and the last weekend we were lucky enough to be there for the Meekatharra Festival. E & E were busy with various roles during the festival and so we packed the van and moved to Meeka on the Friday.
Working hard to cut all the lollies for the Kids Icing the biscuits activity
We camped in the grounds of the Uniting Church whilst E & E stayed in the rectory with the minister, Lesley and her husband, Alistair. It seems as though we brought half of the dusty road back with us. It was unbelievable how much dust we had inside the Robbiebago, the floors, walls and drawers were full of the red dust. We borrowed a vacuum cleaner and took a good 90 minutes for Both Rob & I to clean up and still we found more dust later on.

Ellen as Master of Ceremony

Later that day we helped E & E set up the hall at the showground for the kids activities. Ellen had face mask/hats for the kids to make from paper plates along with feathers, glitter, sequins, and all manner of things to add to them. Erik had the kids painting didgeridoos made from long rolls they had been given from Spotlight. The last but certainly not least craft was icing biscuits and decorating them with all manner of cut lollies. The best fireworks display I have seen outside of Sydney was a terrific finale to the evening.

Just 2 of the colourful entrants in the street parade
Saturday morning is the fun street parade and the important event of 2 unveilings one being the time capsule which Ellen proposed and coordinated. Ellen was the MC of the street parade as well as the unveilings introducing the mayor and the State Member of Parliament for this area.

Michelle & Erik at the craft market
Ellen & I also had a craft stall going where I sold just 2 of my explosion boxes and Ellen sold her cards and jewellery and a few odds & ends. We should have attended the races that were going that afternoon, however we had a lovely quiet and lazy afternoon concluding with a quiet drink at the local Commercial Pub (where they make the best burgers). The evening concluded with a BBQ dinner with Lesley & Alistair and of course E & E too .

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