Despite a rocky start, the 64th annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Fair will open its gates to the community this morning.
The two-day fair has plenty to offer the community this year, thanks to overwhelming support from local individuals and businesses to keep it on the calendar.
Among the long list of activities, competitions, performances and rides taking place at the fair this year is the inaugural Barrow Race which will see sports stars, mascots, emergency service volunteers and primary school students in a wheelbarrow-pushing race.
Organiser Bobbie-Lee Fields said the event was all about bringing something new and exciting for community members to enjoy.
Competitors will push a wheelbarrow with a fellow teammate on board across 100m, or for some of the athletic teams, 120m.
The competition will take place from 4pm to 5pm tomorrow.
Local clothing retailers, small businesses, models and hair and make-up salons have also joined forces to host a fashion parade today and runway show tomorrow.
This is the second time this competition has been held in conjunction with the fair. Co-co-ordinator Annemarie Ryan said she was glad to see it still go ahead.
“We believe that (the fair) is a large event that has been integral to the Goldfields family community for 64 years and it would be such a shame to see this tradition lost forever due to lack of support,” she said.
Ms Ryan said her team would begin planning for next year’s fashion parade later this year to make it bigger and better.
“All of the businesses involved have gone over and above in a short time frame to pull this together … everyone is more than happy to donate their time and help to bring this show together,” she said. “We all have a common goal, we want to see our great town grow and thrive once more and who knows this could be an event that is another attraction for people to move to Kalgoorlie. The more we lose the less appealing our town looks.”
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Fair takes place from 10am to 10pm today and tomorrow at Cruickshank Sports Arena.
For more information visit www.kbfair.org.au.