Old Timers Fete – a day for everyone
There is one event every year in Alice Springs that brings the community together - the Frontier Services Old Timers Fete - and this year was no exception.
The sun was shining as the crowds poured in for the 45th annual fete from 11am on Saturday. This year, more than $80,000 was raised from the day.
The entertainment was a big hit with a full day’s program of talent including Ted Egan, the Asante Sana choir, the Alice Springs Town Band, Sing Australia, Shauna Hartig, Drum Atwemene and the NTSM Singers.
More than 40 stalls were brimming with goods for sale including books, clothing, toys, craft, cakes, jams and preserves, food of all varieties and more. A competition to guess the weight of the poddy calf was a huge success.
Old Timers Director of Nursing Mary Miles said the support from the community, year in and year out, was tremendous, with people from all sections of the community attending the event.
“I find the generous spirit of the community quite humbling. This is the one day the community puts aside to show their support for us and our role in the community. At the end of the day, you are absolutely exhausted but you say ‘gee, isn’t the community wonderful’,” she said.
The Fete committee, made up of Old Timers staff and resident family members, began planning four months ago for the big day. The Old Timers residents also played a part in the event, helping with the goodies on the cake stall.
Every year, the Old Timers Auxiliary receives pallets of donations to sell at the fete from the wider Frontier Services community, including Uniting Church congregations in South Australia and Victoria. This year was the largest number of donations the volunteers had ever seen.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the day for making the Fete such a wonderful community event.
In this Centenary year, we wanted to share with you this story taken from Frontier News in 1969 about the Old Timers Fete.