PICTURED are Coorabell Public School pupils getting excited about the school’s first fete.
PICTURED are Coorabell Public School pupils getting excited about the school’s first fete.

Long wait for first fete

It has taken 119 years, but Coorabell Public School is just about to have its first fete.


School records show that not one fete – an Aussie tradition – has been held since the school’s doors opened in 1891.


Principal Susie Boyle said former teachers and pupils could not remember a fete being held at the school.


“Isn’t that astounding,” said co-event organiser, Roe Ritchie. “I couldn’t believe it.”


Roe said the fete, to be held at the Coorabell Hall on Saturday, May 29, would have a 1950s theme and fete-goers were being urged to dress in the style of the era.


As well as the usual fete attractions, a highlight will be a cupcake competition to be judged by Leah Roland, Charlotte Clark from Bangalow CWA and Trace Gordon, founder of Wildbite biscuits and cakes.


The fete is the school’s main fund-raising event of the year.


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