If you didn’t make it to St Marys Spring Festival on Saturday 2nd September, how could you miss it!? This year’s 42nd St Marys Spring Festival was a huge success, with great turnout from the local community coming together to celebrate the beginning of Spring on a beautifully sunny day. Early estimates put crowd attendance surpassing the 2015 Festival records, and it is easy to see why.
St Marys Citizen of the Year
St Marys Town Centre continued the Spring Festival tradition of honouring a local personality who has provided outstanding service to the St Marys community. This year, nominations were opened up to the wider community this year we were delighted with the calibre of responses we received.
But there can only be one winner, and for 2017, Phillip “Phil” Martin of St Marys was selected as the St Marys Citizen of the Year. Phil has lived in St Marys almost all his life, served as a Detective with the NSW Police Force and ICAC for almost 39 years, and held the office of President of St Marys Rotary in 2015. A year later, Phil became the Director of Youth Services, a position which he still proudly holds to this day, organising leadership programs, books for disadvantaged children, and the inaugural public speaking competition for school-aged children. Phil also had a key role in planning traffic control and management for the St Marys Spring Festival from 2011-2013, and to this day continues to be actively engaged in local issues and volunteer his time at community events.
We wholeheartedly congratulate Phil on his experiences, achievements, and commitment to the community of St Marys.
Spring Festival Stalls & Shows
Queen Street was bustling with 220 stalls, which included a variety of food and diverse cuisines, amusements like jumping castle and bungee jumping, rides such as spinning teacups, vintage vehicle displays, and a range of local service providers and businesses. There really was something for everyone at this year’s Spring Festival.
All 3 Queen Street Stages were up and running for the day, at St Marys Library, Coachman’s Park and Belar Street from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Coachman’s Park featured a special appearance and two magical shows by Poppy and Branch from The Trolls movie.
The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade was one of the highlights of the Festival, with the historic horse-drawn Bennett Wagon leading over 30 local community enthusiasts and groups along Queen Street, including vintage fire trucks courtesy of the Museum of Fire, lovingly restored vintage vehicles from the Model A Fords Club, and walking groups from all around the area. Mayor of Penrith John Thain and Citizen of the Year Phillip Martin took pride of place at the head of the parade on the Bennett Wagon.
We are delighted to provide quality family-friendly events for free and we are proud to have delivered another successful Spring Festival. We hope to see you again next year!
Coming soon: Check out our Facebook album for more photos of the Spring Festival.