The traditional ‘picnic games’ were a highlight again this year, with families joining in on the fun of sack races, egg and spoon races, and even a lamington throwing competition.
“It was so good to see Mums and Dads from the local Harlaxton community come out and enjoy a really fun time with their kids,” said event co-ordinator Tiffany Spary, from The Base Family Church, who run the free event in Harlaxton Park each year for the community.
“Everyone loved the lamington throwing competition, and event that highlights Harlaxton’s strong history,” said Tiffany.
“Folk law has it that lamingtons were first served when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to escape the steamy heat of Brisbane.”
Children were kept busy with attractions like the bungee run, giant slide and jumping castle.
“It was a beautiful warm day, so the snow cones were a big hit,” said Tiffany. “We had fairy floss and a sausage sizzle as well, so it was a really great day out for the whole family.”
In keeping with this year’s Family Week theme of ‘Come to the table’, families also participated in cooking lessons and enjoyed eating their creations as they sat around tables in the park.
“The Harlaxton Family Fun Day is a real highlight for a lot of the kids and families in the community,” said Tiffany. “And it’s such a privilege to serve and love them and show them the love of Jesus in a practical way.”
“Through our connection with the families in this area, many of who are indigenous, we have seen a lot of them come to Church and get involved with our youth group and other services.”