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History of the Fair

From Humble beginnings, the Ormeau Fair is Now a Major Attraction

Norm JessenWe are in our 8th year of Ormeau Lions Fair  which many now refer to as the 'Mini Ekka.'

It all started back in 2004, when it was the vision of Norm Jessen who was Ormeau Lions President from 2005 to 2012.

Norm's dream was to fill up Brien Harris Oval with a 'Fair', we now know as Ormeau Lions Fair

The rides all came from 'Showman's Guild' and 'Pura Milk'  were responsible for most of the catering and  there were fireworks and a stage from JD Sound.  This was the basis to work from and the first year started out fairly small.

We couldn’t charge for attendance as we didn’t have a fence up around the oval and on the second year we had a fence up, but we still didn't charge to come in.  The Ormeau area has grown so much, we need something like the Fair at this end of the coast.

The first year we made it happen, and the second year it was a great success and it grew from there.  Gold Coast Council have always been most helpful, particularly Donna Gates.

This year we are looking at nearly 150 stall holders.  Dance Companies, V.I.P.Cadillac Dog Shows, Farm animals and Pony rides  plus the Ekka Rides. The Classic Cars this year are from the Cadillac La Salle Club. They will be attending on the Saturday.

We have some new sponsors this year - Holcim Quarries, Zupps Property Group, Hansen and Mirvac together with our long-standing supporters, to name just a few.

Ormeau Lions will again be running a raffle, with great prizes, including a 7 x 4 box trailer, lawnmower and wheelbarrow, accommodation vouchers at Sea World and Movie World Tickets and family .  Ticket are on sale at our BBQ each Saturday morning outside IGA and also at our stall at the Fair. 

Helensvale Lions Club are a great help  and they will be running their usual sausage sizzle.  For a great sausage check our the Helensvale Lions Tent, conveniently located next to the bar.  This year should be good for all new sporting clubs in the area, as well as the new schools.  All schools in the area can perform dancing or singing on stage in the Ormeau Fair Primary Schools Competition for prizes of $1000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third prize.  All cheques are written out to the schools for their pupils who win, so the more sponsorship we get the more we can give out to the schools to help them grow as well.

All monies raised during the Ormeau Fair go straight back into the community to help support schools, hospitals, underprivileged people and many other charity organisations.

Looking forward to a great Ormeau Fair and seeing you there as well.  It is all about turning up and having a great time for all the family. 

If you are interested in joining Lions, meeting new people and helping members of the community, speak to one of our members at the fair - we'll be the ones in the green T-shirts, or come to our stall close to the bar and make yourself known.  We have our meetings at Ormeau Tavern every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.


2014 Ormeau Fair Program

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