The festivities are in full swing at St Luke’s Anglican School for their special 25th anniversary celebrations, the St Luke's Community Fair.
The Community Fair, hosted by the school’s students and staff, is open to the whole community and will continue until 7pm this evening when it will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.
Director of Communications Lesley Sims said the special event was to recognise the 25 years the school had been part of the Bundaberg Region’s community.
She said it was the biggest event the school had ever held.
People from around the country return for the Community Fair
Lesley said the Community Fair saw St Luke’s alumni travel from across Australia to be part of the celebrations and they were taking on the current students in several sporting events, including rugby and netball.
“We will have the players who competed in the QISSN competition early this year go head-to-head with the ‘Old Saints’ and our Rugby Firsts Team will take on past students,” Lesley said.
“It’s really an action-packed day, let’s just say it's bigger than Ben Hur, and we have been planning this since last year.”
“Every student from every class will be participating, from circus demos to teacher dunking.
“We are expecting to have 3000 people come through the gates to help us celebrate.”
The afternoon has something for everyone with a variety of vendors and community groups taking part to recognise the milestone.
“We have over 40 community groups and businesses involved in bringing this event to the community,” she said.
“It’s not just stalls, we have a big emphasis on sport at St Luke’s and have Queensland Cricket, rugby, netball and softball clubs along with a batting cage for people to take part in.”
Sick teddies get checked at St Luke's Community Fair
Lesley said another draw card was the Teddy Bear Doctor who was on site to see any unwell teddy bears in the region.
While she said this was popular with the younger children, there was something for everyone.
“We have a huge line up of entertainment with 13 acts playing throughout the day; Quatro who have been featured on Triple J Unearthed and played in Tamworth are coming back together to perform at their old school,” she said.
“We have the Electric Banana, Mr Q, strings and stage bands, and we have dance performances, games and carnival rides and slides.”
Lesley said they were super excited to welcome local heroes from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Bundaberg police and also the PCYC United Heroes of the World supporting Real Heroes group.
Willy-The-Worm, Old McDonald's Farm and face-painting are all featured at the event as free activities.
Lesley said the afternoon still had a lot of scheduled entertainment on the two stages dedicated to music and included a performance by Rock Pop Mime at 7pm.