LAUGHTER filled the air at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens in Mathoura on Saturday, November 4, all thanks to the Country Kids Festival.
With the fun and games, selected with the help of Mathoura Primary School and Mathoura Preschool students, the day was a huge hit.
One of the most popular attractions was the Zorb water balls, provided by Bendigo-based entertainment experts The Zone.
Children were lining up in large numbers for a chance to jump into one of the giant plastic bubbles and ‘walk’ on water.
The company’s velcro wall was also a top choice for energetic youngsters.
Fitted with velcro suits, the aim was to get yourself stuck as high up the wall as you could.
There was also a jumping castle, toy library, face painting and 8m high Cars-theme slide, and the petting zoo was a busy area with lambs, chickens and even a llama.
It was easy to spend the entire day in the gardens with a sausage sizzle and food van providing lunch and snacks, market stalls, live entertainment and raffles to enjoy.
Mathoura preschool director Michelle O’Sullivan said while the fundraising tally had not been completed at the time of going to print yesterday, it was already evident it was ‘‘one of the most successful events we’ve had’’.
‘‘We had about 400 people through the gate, and the kids had a ball. ‘‘It was wonderful to see the families out having fun, and the community support was also great.
‘‘The big rides from The Zone were certainly popular — there was a constant line-up all day.’’