WHAT'S ON

More than a century of tradition in Pirie

SIDESHOW FUN: Sideshow alley, located near the rotunda in Memorial Park, always has plenty of thrills and spills for all to enjoy.

SIDESHOW FUN: Sideshow alley, located near the rotunda in Memorial Park, always has plenty of thrills and spills for all to enjoy.

The days are longer, the sunshine is brighter ... and the Smelter's Picnic is almost here.

Known as Port Pirie's longest-running social event, the picnic will be in the beautiful month of spring for the 116th time.

The event is to be staged in Memorial Park and Memorial Drive on Wednesday, October 2.

Last year, up to 17,000 attended the one-day party and organisers expect a similar crowd this year.

Picnic co-ordinator Ray Walters said an 18C day was predicted with light winds "so fingers are crossed" for good weather.

He said Nyrstar, McMahon Services and Port Pirie Regional Council had sponsored the event.

"It is being organised by the Port Pirie Smelter's Picnic Committee," he said.

"The committee was registered with the demise of the BH Club. The picnic would have failed if we had not picked it up as a committee.

"We encourage people to come along to enjoy a fantastic day.

"There will be a lot of fun, it will be full of entertainment and it will be where friends meet friends, just for a great day."

TASTY LIONS DONUTS: The Lions Club of Port Pirie's donuts are always a hit at the event. Lions Diane Rashleigh and Melva Curtis prepare donuts.

TASTY LIONS DONUTS: The Lions Club of Port Pirie's donuts are always a hit at the event. Lions Diane Rashleigh and Melva Curtis prepare donuts.

Sideshows will again set up on the lawn in the park, near The Terrace end of the park, thanks to the Showmen's Guild which will begin settling in on the Saturday before the festival.

"The picnic will be in the park and on Memorial Drive. The only thing used in Memorial Oval will be the toilets," Mr Walters said.

About 100 stalls will promote various activities and sell goods.

Of these, about 20 will offer food and drink.

Others will market jewellery, wooden goods, toys, produce and clothes.

The Australian Cider Company will have a spot among them.

The committee's major fundraiser for next year will be a barbecue and sales of soft drinks, so don't miss it.

"We ran out of meat last year so we hope for plenty of patronage again this year," Mr Walters said.

Entertainment will be presented from the Rotary Club of Port Pirie's stage near the Northern Festival Centre.

The Port Pirie council will run a stall providing children's entertainment and the region's rubbish collection truck will be on display for kids to climb on.

Filipino performer Lenny Halfacre will provide hands-on activities for children.

Performers on stage will include The Goddess Within Belly Dancers, singer Emma Winship, the Hip-Hop Bounce dancers, Ali and Sal and John D'Antonio.

Dominic Caputo will provide music during the program.

All performers will donate their services free.

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