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Always something new at PE's favourite family fair

May 12, 2018
Always something new at PE's favourite family fair

The Priory Fair, one of Port Elizabeth’s longest-running school fêtes and an annual highlight on the city calendar for a fun-filled family day out, has added some new attractions alongside its time-tested favourites for this year’s event on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May.

The Friday night before the Fair has become known for its entertainment line-up and this year offers a family movie night under the stars for the first time, screening a double feature of “Moana” and “Sing”; while an evening of music and fun with “Let’s Go Country” featuring local artists performing classics from way-back to modern-day awaits in the beer tent, offering prizes for best dressed and lucky draws.

Saturday’s Fair will see another new addition, with braai fundis invited to show off their skills in a potjiekos competition that will be sending out tantalising aromas from early morning until the judging at 12.30. It’s all about the food, but the judges will also be looking out for the best dressed team, the most attractive table, and the most spirited team. Tickets will be available for potjiekos meals available at 13.00.

The Priory Dog Show offers a host of prizes from best walker and best dressed, to best pedigree, best crossbreed, and the dog the judges would most like to take home.

Entries are R40 per dog, with registration from 08:00 and the competition starting at 09:00. A portion of the proceeds will go to Animal Welfare.

In the meantime, there will be much to fill hungry tummies at the cake stall, Indian and Chinese food stalls, along with breakfast for the early-risers, burgers, spitkoek, pancakes, ice-cream, a tea garden, and the ever-popular braai stand alongside the other stalwart of the Fair, the beer tent with music and sport on the big screens throughout the day.

There’s plenty to keep the younger set entertained, with kids’ activities like the funfair, pony rides, a giant inflatable park, pedal go-carts, a soft play area, and face-painting.

A full programme of music and entertainment includes Priory’s jazz and marimba bands, the Booysen’s Park Violins and the Lake Farm Band, as well as local artists like Alasdair Gillies, Graham Beyer, Jen Schneeberger, Ken and Doron, Cliffy Stuurman, UDAKA, Claire Venn, Lee, and Mikayla Kaschula, finishing up with Erroll and the Kini Bay Band at 15:30.

Entertainment in the arena area includes demonstrations of karate, fencing, dancing, rhythmic gymnastics, and unarmed combat; and there’s a vehicle exhibition for those in the market for new wheels.

For the treasure-hunters, there’s always a wide array of books on offer, as well as bargains to be found on the white elephant stall, alongside stalls selling clothing, jewellery, pet products, and arts and crafts.

A number of local community and charity organisations will also have stalls at the Fair, including Aurora Special Care Centre, CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation), Lake Farm Centre, SANCCOB (SA Foundation for Conservation of Coastal Birds), Vonnies Rescue Animals, One Land Love It and the Blind Society.


  • The Fair opens officially at 09.00 on Saturday 26 May. Entry to the Fair is free, and parking is available on the school grounds and surrounding area. A Park ‘n Ride shuttle at R10 return will be available from the Fountain Vineyard Church in nearby Newcombe Avenue.
  • Tickets (R50) for the outdoor cinema on Friday 25 May can be purchased at the gate or beforehand from the school. Refreshments on sale. Bring blankets, camp-chairs, picnics. Starting time: 17:30 for 18:00.
  • “Let’s Go Country” starts at 19:00 on Friday 25 May, in the beer tent. Tickets R90 from Cindy (083 986 5065) or Janet (083 406 3067).

Contact the school on 041 396 2800 for more information or visitwww.priory.co.za