Festival action warms up

The St Marys Spring Festival grand parade is always popular. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

The St Marys Spring Festival grand parade is always popular. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

It’s festival season in St Marys-Mount Druitt with spring just around the corner.

The party starts this Saturday (August 30) with the Tregear Festival at Tregear Reserve, 9am-3.30pm.

A big crowd is expected to enjoy a day of stalls, live entertainment, showbags and amusement rides

Now in its 20th year, the festival organisers have donated $30,000 in profits to causes.

Organisations to benefit include the WAS House Mount Druitt Hospital’s paediatric, palliative care and rehabilitation wards, Tregear Ambulance Station, CareFlight, Mount Druitt SES and Shanes Park Rural Fire Service.

Preparations for St Marys’ biggest day of the year on September 6 are in full swing.

Confirmed acts included 203  X Factor winner Dami Im in Coachmans Park at 1pm, country performer Jayne Denham (2.35pm) and five appearances from Peppa Pig throughout the day.

There’s also 220 stalls, reptile displays, an animal farm, appearances from reading mascot Rooby Roo and the grand parade down Queen Street at 12.30pm.

Now in its 39th year, the event attracts more than 20,000.

St Marys Town Centre has taken over the running of the event from the St Marys Development Committee for the first time.

‘‘The Spring Festival brings with it a fun filled day out for families within not only our community, but a broader demographic,’’ town centre manager Paulette Adams said.

Also coming up are the Mount Druitt Festival in Dawson Mall on September 13, followed by the Bidwill Festival on September 20.

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