Enjoying the fun of the Summerland House Country Fair
HOUSE with No Steps marketing manager Lisa Murphy said one of the aims of their country fair fundraiser was to provide something for everyone.
They certainly did that, with bush poets in the morning entertaining an older crowd, and dirtgirl entertaining hundreds of young kids a few hours later.
There were also cooking demonstrations, kids' activi- ties and heaps of stalls featuring produce from all over the Northern Rivers.
"It's one of those events where we try to showcase everything from the Northern Rivers throughout the event," Ms Murphy said.
Almost 10,000 people made their way through the gate on Sunday, with the money going to support the House with No Steps disability support programs and also the Summerland House Farm which provides employment for people with a disability.
"It's been a huge success, which makes a difference to the support and services we can provide to people with disabilities," he said.
He said they hadn't done anything vastly different to last year, but put the huge increase down to a combination of good weather and good programming.
Both Mr Lacey and Ms Murphy said having former Masterchef finalist Jules Allen doing a cook-off with Ballina chef Gerhard Spatz was a highlight with the ABC's Phil Dudman providing a running commentary.
The other big hit was dirtgirl.
"She was a big drawcard, she got swamped by hundreds of little boys and girls," Ms Murphy said.
Dirtgirl was handing out tomato seedlings to the kids and one of the biggest enterprises run by the Summerland House Farm is a hydropic tomato business that has 8000 plants and produces up to two tonnes of tomatoes a day "when it's in full swing".
Dirtgirl may not approve of growing tomatoes hydroponically, but she would probably approve of the business model that employs five people with a disability.