Laura Folk Fair
Laura is a small town located in the eastern slopes of Southern Flinders Ranges in Southern Australia. It is based on the banks of Rocky River and is around 220 kilometres from Adelaide. Laura is widely known as the home of Golden North ice cream, a company that has been in the business of manufacturing ice creams since 1923. They are famous for their special flavour honey ice cream.
Each year the town of Laura organises a community fair, popularly called Laura Folk Fair. This is a two-day event normally held on the first weekend of April. Laura Folk Fair is actually a multi-award winning festival. During the two days of the fair, the town turns into a large mall with several hobby, art, crafts and food & refreshment stalls lined across the streets. In fact, the entry of vehicles is stopped on Hughes Street of Laura and it is full of visitors wandering around the stalls.
Laura Folk Fair is being organised since the year 1980, and since then has gained a lot of interest and popularity. There is no doubt that the fair has been bestowed with several prestigious tourism and regional festivals awards, including the National Community Link Award.
Several competitions full of fun and frolic are organised as a part of the fair. Two competitions that have become highly popular over the years include Golden North Ice-Cream eating competition and Whip Cracking competition. The entry to both these competitions is free, to participate one just needs to register on the same day at the folk fair stall. Ice cream eating competition is sponsored by Golden North and whip cracking competition by Digby Carter of Peterborough South Australia.
Another gem of Laura Folk Fair is the Laura Literary Awards that are coordinated by the Rocky River Riters group. Writers throughout Australia submit their prose and poetry for judging at the fair. There are several categories for submission - Junior (Under 13 years), Young Adult (13 to 18 years) and Adult (above 18 years).
An Art Exhibition is also annually held in the Courthouse/Gallery displaying works of local, South Australian and Interstate artists. This exhibition opens on Friday night and remains opened during the weekend of Laura Folk Fair.
Several musicians, dancers and street entertainers are invited for the festival that perform and entertain the people on the streets. The best part about Laura Folk Fair is that there is no entry fee charged and hence, all families can have fun days full of great entertainment at zero price.
This year Laura Folk Fair will be held on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th of April 2013.