Party pays part of church purchase
THERE was an extra edge to the Federal Park Party this year as the tight-knit community continues its attempt to buy the church from the Anglican diocese.
The park party is usually just a non-profit get together held annually in the picturesque village green.
And while schools, food vendors and stallholders all get the chance to make a bit of money, the pursuit of the almighty dollar is not the prime concern of this event. It's just an opportunity for neighbours to gather and celebrate in each other's company.
But this time around there was an after-party party held in the Federal hall on Saturday night and headlined by former Cruel Sea frontman, Tex Perkins.
The church and the hall were lit up by an effigy of the winged horse Pegasus, borrowed from the organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade.
The Tex Perkins concert, food and raffle sales along with a highly successful choirs concert held in the hall on Friday night helped bolster the church acquisition funds by about $8000.
And the park party itself was bigger and better than ever with the judging of the Sculpture by the Tree bringing some classy artworks to the great outdoors including "Thinker on the Stinker" (man on a toilet).
Jai Lewan's skateboard workshops did brisk business as did the circus workshops and there was a long line up for a go on the high trapeze.
Stilt walkers mingled with a roving band of musicians dressed in pirate regalia and the whole event lived up to its billing as the annual carnival of "circus, pirates, skaters, gypsies, art, love, life and culture in Federal".