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Racing pigs steal the show for families

A huge crowd turned up for the second annual Alstonville Family Festival.
A huge crowd turned up for the second annual Alstonville Family Festival. Cathryn McLauchlan

ALSTONVILLE'S Main St buzzed with the sound of laughter, the salty smell of popcorn, and half a dozen small racing pigs yesterday.

The Alstonville Family Festival, now in its second year, is about bringing people together and boosting business.

"A lot of the stalls here today are community groups, so we believe by putting on this event, we've got 10 to 12 groups benefiting from this," Alstonville Lions Club member, Les Wiles, said.

The Lions Club organised the event.

"There's the pig races, we've got the Macadamia Castle here and they've got the animal show, there's rides here."

"In the main street we've had community groups, a magician, there's been entertainment all day."

Tom Rowling, 10, helped run the St Joseph's Primary School fundraising stall on Sunday because he loves interacting with others.
Tom Rowling, 10, helped run the St Joseph's Primary School fundraising stall on Sunday because he loves interacting with others. Cathryn McLauchlan

St Joseph's Primary School volunteers set up a cupcake decorating stall to fundraise for new classroom air-conditioners.

The principal, Therese Seymour, said only some of the classrooms were air-conditioned.

She said it was also about being out there in the wider community.

School students, 10-year-old Tom Rowling and 11-year-old Milly Hipkins, arrived around 8.30am to help out.

"I just like talking and interacting with people," Tom said.

"I'm helping with the cupcake stall and the plaster painting."

 

PIG DAY: Pig races were a crowd favourite.
PIG DAY: Pig races were a crowd favourite. Cathryn McLauchlan

Milly chopped up all of the marshmallows into noses and ears for the pig-themed cupcakes.

All profits raised at the six pig races, which were accompanied by auctions and raffles, went to the Alstonville Lions Club projects.

To find out more about the club, visit the club at Alstonville Plateau Sports and Bowling Club on Thursday's from 6.30pm, email alstonvillelions@hotmail.com or look them up on Facebook.

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