Quota gives gals, and guys, a fair go

Alstonville Wollongbar Quota Club member Diana Cooper shows off some of the colourful quilts and handcrafted wooden pieces that will be on display at the Arts & Craft Fair this weekend.

If you think craft fairs are just for ladies, you obviously havent been to the Alstonville Wollongbar Quota Clubs annual Arts and Craft Fair, where blokes get their very own shed to potter around in.

The Mens Shed, which is a new addition this year, is a courtyard area where blokes can enjoy boutique beer tasting, wood crafting demonstrations and a BBQ. Of course theres all the other usual crafts as well, including patchwork, ceramics, beading, doll making and leather work.

Not only is it a great chance to learn a new craft or hone your existing skills, but youll also be helping to raise money for a variety of local charities.

In the five years that the fair has been on weve raised well over $50,000, which has all gone back into the community, said co-ordinator, Diana Cooper.

The Alstonville Wollongbar Quota Clubs annual Arts and Craft Fair is on this Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, at the Alstonville Leisure & Entertainment Centre from 9am-4pm daily.

There will be over 50 craft-inspired stalls, devonshire teas, craft demonstrations including the latest fabric sculpturing techniques, plus a poets breakfast on Sunday from 8-10am where you can listen to bush poetry whilst enjoying a bacon and egg sandwich.

Entry is $5/3, and children under 12 are free. For more information visit or phone Diana on 6628 3834.

The Quota Club is reminding people to bring along their old wine corks (real ones, not plastic) because for every wool bale filled with corks the Quotarians will receive a wheelchair for someone suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. For every 10 corks you donate, youll score a ticket in their wine raffle.

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