I thought these two looked great.

A couple of people working at the stalls said that the crowds at this year’s Marrickville Festival were big all day, with no down times.   It certainly was packed while we were there.  There were differences too as we haven’t been since 2010.

There was a spectacular climbing tower, kids played recorders, gave martial arts demonstrations & sang & danced on stage.  There was a Poetry Slam heat & live music on two stages.  Pity we missed Mick Conway’s ‘All Australian Junk Band.’  I haven’t seen him perform in years.

All local political parties had a stall, as did local community associations like the Marrickville Legal Centre.   Stalls were selling all sorts of things & there was food galore.  Even newish café The Cornersmith had a stall.  Lamb on the spit sent an aroma down Illawarra Road.

The new Rec Post logo on a t-shirt.

Marrickville Council had their ‘Have Your Say Tent,’ which I like a lot as it is a very informal & non-threatening way for the community to give feedback to Council.  They also had a ‘Rec Post’ tent, which is a new initiative about recreation in Marrickville LGA.

I loved the trailer that supplied free cold water for people to drink or refill their bottles. Also the garbage bins that promoted Council’s Zero Waste message.  Neither of us noticed litter, which was great.  The garbage men were everywhere emptying & replacing bins.  It shows that a crowd in the thousands can treat the environment well.

Rock climbing tower in Illawarra Road.

Bicycle Garden was giving free service to bikes.  I imagine they were quite busy as many people rode their bike to the festival.  The guys from Bicycle Garden are also at the Sunday Markets at Addison Road Centre every week where they give free lessons on how to look after your bicycle.

The SES were working at the exits keeping people safe.  It was a hard job for them as it was a hot day.  The local Fire Brigade brought their fire truck & lots of people were having a close look.

There was much more happening than what I saw.  People of all ages attended. Everyone looked happy.  The weather held out & didn’t drop rain despite the cloud.

Marrickville Council did well & put on a fantastic day for the community.  It’s no wonder so many people love the Marrickville Festival.

The guys from Bicycle Garden were helping people learn how to fix up their bikes for free.

Bikes were everywhere

Another form of community consultation though I don’t know who was doing this.

One of the stages

The bins had a great message.