While many in Narrabri Shire, particularly farmers, might be praying for a decent drop of rain, one group is hoping those prayers can go unanswered for just a few more days.
They are the organisers of the Narrabri West Public School’s annual fete, which will be held at the school from 5pm on Friday.
The undoubted star attractions of the fete, the school’s main fundraiser each year, are the amusement rides, which are held on the front grounds at the school.
Except for last year. The big wet that started in late winter and carried through much of the spring in 2016 put a stop to the rides at the fete last year. It was still held amid a great atmosphere and raised a substantial amount of money, but that total would have been much more had the rides been on.
School P and C president Jenny Kirk and principal Tania Nichols are keeping one eye on the skies in the lead up to Friday, but all should be well, even if there was to be a little moisture in the meantime.
The importance of the fete is not lost on either.
“It’s a few months in the planning and there’s a fair bit that goes into that,” Mrs Kirk said. “We’ve got a few helpers that help out and we’re hoping it’s going to be sunny.”
The rides will be set up on Thursday, but they weren’t the only highlight of the fete.