Dubbo clubs join forces for big Christmas fair

IT'S BEGINNING to feel a lot like Christmas in Dubbo, which is why the city's four Rotary clubs have joined forces to organise the 2012 Christmas Fair.

Members of Dubbo South, Rotary Club of Dubbo, Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie and the Rotary Club of West Dubbo have teamed up to host the twilight fair which will see the Salvation Army benefit from funds raised.

Aimed at catering for the whole family, the fair will take place this Saturday.

The Rotary clubs have collectively organised the fair for more than 20 years, making it one of the biggest events on the Dubbo Christmas calendar.

Visitors can expect more than 30 different stalls ranging from jewellery, cookie decorating, flower arrangements, woodcraft and quilted goods.

Entertainment will include a dance troupe, singer Sharon Lane and the Salvation Army Band.

The fair will be held on the first day of summer with temperatures expected to reach about 41 degrees.

Macquarie Rotary member and fair co-ordinator Natalie Bramble said there would be plenty of shade and cool places to enjoy the fair.

"The fair is a real family activity that has it all, but especially provides for kids as there will be plenty to see and do," she said.

The criteria for the stall holders this year, she explained, was that they had to have some involvement in making their product.

"What is new this year is our very first coffee bar, which is pretty funky. Alistair Dyson-Holland, who works at Jasmine at the Westbury, has been roasting his own coffee and will have a stall at the fair on Saturday, which is something a little bit different," Ms Bramble said.

The location of Lion's Park was the preferred option, because it gave people a lot more room compared to the event's former location on Church Street.

A band will also be performing at the fair, as well as a group of singers from the Macquarie Conservatorium.

The fair has in the past attracted more than 4000 people, with similar numbers expected this year.

It will be held at Lion's Park, beside the Dubbo Visitor Information Centre, between 4pm and 8pm, December 1.

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