In the days leading up to its 2017 Spring Fair, Ironside State School has launched a Silent Auction on the 24th of August as an innovative way to help raise funds for the school. An impressive and interesting curation of items for the auction have been donated by kindhearted sponsors.

Fancy some tickets to watch the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queensland Pops or the Youth Orchestra? Or maybe tickets for Family Movie Night, Broadway night, or for a great comedy show?

What about an Audi weekend getaway, meditation retreat, or an overnight stay out of town? Bid for an Italian Family Feast. Check out lessons that range from bowling, to fencing to French. Hair, spa and gym treats. So many things to bid on, all donated to help support the school fund.

Browse and have your bids ready! Click here to view all the items. To bid, you can log on here.

Bidding will close on the day of the Spring Fair, the 2nd of September at 4:00 p.m. All of the items will be on display at the Silent Auction stall at the fair. Winners will be notified by email and announced after 4:00 p.m. on Fair Day.


Catch the Spring Fever

Speaking of Fair Day, a lot of excited students, locals and visitors are actually counting the days until the 2nd of September, when Ironside State School in Saint Lucia opens its gates from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a day of fun and excitement.


Get Taken for a Ride

Hop on and hang on! The Spring Fair will have some unforgettable rides for kids, big and small. Big kids can have fun at the Rock Wall or the Wipeout Challenge whilst both kids and kids-at-heart can enjoy the Super Slide, Jumping Castle and Mini Rocking Tug.

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If rides are your thing, a ride band is a great way to enjoy the day without the need to queue for individual ride tickets.

A prepaid ride band for big kids costs $35. Purchase at the oasis on the same day will cost $5 more, at $40, so it’s best to buy ahead. Little kids who are not yet school age can avail of a prepaid ride band for $25. At the event, their ride band will set you back by $30.

Individual ride tickets cost $6, which can be purchased on Fair Day or online here.


Keep Your Hands Busy

Take a break from the rides or head straight for the games and activities. Try to get some face painting done, or try your luck at Can Throwing and (hopefully!) take home a great prize.

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You can even get creative with some Cupcake Decorating sessions. At the very least, you’ll get to eat what you make! Kids can also unleash their inner artist through the Kids Arts & Crafts activity.


Entertainment For A Cause

A fair wouldn’t be complete without great entertainment, shows, competitions or parades. This Spring Fair certainly has all of these and more. There’s quite a list of must-sees this year. The Fashion Parade. The Recycled Design Competition. Performances from the school clubs and from guest school groups. It’s going to be quite a show!

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Trash ‘n Treasure

Shop to your heart’s content at the Trash ’n Treasure stall or go treasure-hunting for a great book deal at Second Hand Books. Other stalls carry great bargains and more shopping finds.


Have a Belly Happy Day

Food will never be far from everyone’s minds, particularly with so much action going on. At this fair, the line-up of stalls will not disappoint. Whether you’re looking for Chinese, Japanese, BBQ, Milkshakes, Fairy Floss — name it and you’ll find it somewhere on the school grounds.

With such a great line-up, seven hours will whiz by pretty fast, so it’s best to come early. Remember, the auction results will be out when the fair closes at 5:00 p.m. so be prepared for a whole day’s worth of thrills and treats at the Ironside State School Spring Fair.