Morgan and Diane Hillyard look at the dolls and bears on show at the fair.
Morgan and Diane Hillyard look at the dolls and bears on show at the fair. Mike Knott

Civic Centre gets all dolled up

ABOUT 150 cute and cuddly toys made for one giant teddy bears’ picnic at the Civic Centre, for the 22nd annual Doll and Bear Fair held at the weekend.

The entries of prized collectables and home-made teddy bears and dolls at Saturday’s event came from all over, including Rockhampton, Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and even traders from Brisbane.

Doll Crafters and Collectors of Bundaberg president Mair Coward said despite the crowds being down on previous years, the annual fair was still very much enjoyed.

“People were lining up at the door trying to push the door down to get in,” she said.

“It was good up until lunchtime, and then it slackened off a bit – but it was successful overall.

“The raffle barrel was full to the brim with tickets.”

Mrs Coward said although there were “some very nice bears”, bear entries were also down this year.

“That’s because there’s no one teaching bears in Bundaberg at the moment, but we’re working on it,” she said.

The cloth doll section proved to be the most popular, and Mrs Coward said interest in those particular dolls had been quite strong.

There was also a special presentation of two life memberships to Eunice Helmore and Barbara Taylor, for 10 years of service.

“We had the Ignite Dance Studio girls who danced for us – a lot of people look forward to seeing that,” Mrs Coward said.

The president said the organising committee were already looking to make next year’s event bigger and better.

“Next year our theme will be a pyjama party and we will have a section in the competition for dolls wearing pyjamas,” she said.

The money raised from the event will go to the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme – an organisation Mrs Coward said had been helping “country kids” from even when she was a little girl.



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