The first Fairbridge Festival in 2016 for Jessica Rogers and her family was a wonderful awakening, so much so, they’ve already booked again for 2017.
“Last year we came as stallholders for David Rennie photography,” explains Jessica.
“We didn’t know what to expect and worried our children would be bored – boy were we wrong!”
“When it rained, they jumped in a puddle until there was not one inch of them that wasn’t covered in mud. The joy they expressed had crowds of people watching them in the rain, it was pure joy for me too. They have the best memories of Fairbridge Festival and ask weekly to go back! ”
The great picture that festival photographer, Tony McDonough, captured of the girls – Sophia aged 4 and Alyssa aged 5 – having so much fun, has become part of a series of images in a social media campaign to promote this year’s festival.
“Everyone was so relaxed, happy and friendly. There isn’t a time you don’t hear laughter or see people smiling. With so many activities for all ages, my husband and I loved it and my children were never bored or clean, which is exactly how kids should be!
Jessica didn’t know much about Fairbridge Festival in advance, she was expecting a weekend of work so was delighted to find out that it was much more than that.
“The spirit at that festival is unbelievable, it’s memory-making; it means fun and family time, it’s a bonding experience.
“The children’s entertainment was phenomenal! The raffle was also a favourite because we won third prize, the $1000 Zenith Music store voucher, which allowed us to buy a full weighted key keyboard and a 1/4 size guitar.
“Alyssa has significant hearing loss as a result of multiple ear infections. As a result, she’s behind in school but started piano this year because of that voucher and has picked it up straight away. This has been a real confidence boost for her, which is seeing her glowing when practicing instead of sad or frustrated. Sophia is enjoying learning music too.
“Alyssa hopes to start on guitar too in a year or so when her fingers are stronger and her music comprehension is more developed.”
Jessica is looking forward to attending with her parents this year and with some friends she has roped in from talking up the festival so much.
She’s thrilled that her children have been inspired to create music.
“Alyssa and Sophia cannot wait to throw a hat down and play something they’ve created or learned. They are full of joy and inspiration as a direct result of Fairbridge Festival!”