Tara fete an 'institution'
ORGANISERS have been busy preparing for their 10th edition of the annual Tara Catholic Fete and Auction.
The free event has a rich history and will be held this Sunday at St Joseph's Tara.
Committee member Majella Hetherington said the fete has been held annually in May for more than 40 years.
With 10 years' experience under their belts, the organising committee run a smooth operation have been planning the event since the start of the year.
"This committee has been organising it for 10 years but prior to that the parish priest had always organised it with the parishioners,” Mrs Hetherington said.
"We have it down pat, we know what happens and when to organise it.
"It's an institution - people wait every year for it to come around.”
Mrs Hetherington said one of the biggest drawcards for many in the region was the white elephant auction, where people brought their goods to sell on a commission basis.
"There is a huge poultry section that is very popular as well,” she said.
"People come looking for special birds and it's a very popular part of the auction.”
There are more than 100 items listed for auction this year, varying from tractors and other vehicles to household appliances and furniture.
"We don't go looking for it - people come to us. They know every May that this event happens,” Mrs Hetherington said.
"We just put signs up around the district directing people to list items at Tara Rural Supplies.”
Mrs Hetherington said the success of the day was due to the support and donations from parishioners and volunteers.
Even the auctioneers will be volunteering their time at the event.
"A lot of people give a lot of voluntary hours to make the day work,” Mrs Hetherington said.
"There is a very small committee but we are fortunate that we have some wonderful helpers and parishioners who come to the fore every year and help us make the day the success it is, especially the team from Tara Rural Supplies.”
As well as the usual fete stalls, a cent sale and a barbecue, the fete will include lots of activities for children and a performance by the students of St Joseph's.
"We always like to make it a fun day for the family and really affordable,” Mrs Hetherington said.
"Come and be part of the community and be part of the day.”