Good pickings in strawberry festival
A Sunshine Coast school celebrates 30 years of its community fundraiser Strawbfest on 3 September, with live music, prizes and plenty of strawberries.
The Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm opposite Chevallum State School donates the fruit from one of its fields for the event.
Children from every grade help pick the strawberries, with the motto “pick three, eat one”.
Parent & Citizens president Ben Calder, who has been involved in organising Strawbfest for five years, said the event was memory-making for the students, teaching them the value of contribution..
“Strawbfest is owned by everyone that has contributed to it no matter how small the role,” he said.
There are kebabs, jams, daiquiris, sundaes, and punnets sold along with other food put together by the school community.
Every food item sold on the evening is created by members of the Chevallum community, including teachers, students and parents.
The event draws in more than 3000 people each year and brings in a profit of about $30,000, spent by the P&C on school needs.
In the past, money has gone towards classroom air-conditioning and updating the school’s cafe.
Doors open at 5pm and the festival goes until late, finishing with fireworks.