Record crowds flocked to last weekend’s Great Fete at Samuel Gilbert Public School at Castle Hill.
Thousands of fete goers enjoyed 14 amusement rides, a stretch hummer ride, and more than 65 market and food stalls.
Bands played and singers hit all their high notes, when the fete officially swung into action at 10am.
Rides like Dodgems, Round Up and Pirate Ship filled quickly, while stalls including trash and treasure and the fete’s massive cake stall did a roaring trade.
Principal Andrew Bowmer (who was a popular spot in the dunking machine) said every year the fete grows bigger and better.
‘‘This year was a record for us, in terms of crowd numbers, money raised, and the thousands of satisfied fete goers who all walked away with a day to remember,’’ Mr Bowmer said.
“As the fete’s reputation expands, it’s attracting crowds not just from the local area, but other parts of Sydney as well.
“The event was the culmination of a year’s worth of planning.
‘‘So even with a large crowd it remained a happy, fun day with a fantastic community atmosphere, and that’s what great fetes are all about.’’
Mr Bowmer thanked hee generosity of fete goers, sponsors, volunteers and the school community, which helped raised thousands of dollars for the school.
‘‘This will be put to good use, providing new learning resources and IT equipment that will benefit students for many years to come,’’ he said.
Fete coordinators Karen Romano and Leisa Whiteside said in its lead-up some of the stock included over 3000 drinks, 300 decorate-your-own cupcakes, 100kg of chips, 600 (Outback steakhouse) steak and chicken burgers, 800 sausages, catering material for 15 food and sweet treat stalls, hundreds of donations from local businesses for the chocolate wheel, lucky envelopes and silent auction.
‘‘I don’t think anyone could disagree that all this and more served up on Fete Day helped make for a fantastic day out,’’ Ms Romano said.