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Skinner Street is the place to be next Sunday

Next Sunday’s Culture on the Clarence Community Fair is being described as the ultimate showcase of local pride. Event director, Casey Challacombe says the event has expanded from the committee’s 2014 efforts. “Ninety-two local businesses and market stalls are coming together on Skinner Street in South Grafton to throw a community street party with something for everyone. We’ve got the usual jumping castles and face painting right through to the unusual such as Bollywood dancing, a virtual reality display and carnivorous plants.” Newcombe’s Saddlery, Heidi Teare was involved in the Jacaranda Festival and South Grafton’s Carnival Capers in her youth and was one of a number of local business owners who joined forces to put on the event. “We’ve all pulled together as a street to put on a great event. Many of the shops are opening especially for the day. Last year Farmer Lou’s handed out cut fruit, the butcher donates the sausages for the barbeque, the bookshop puts on a hot rod display and this year the baker across the road is demonstrating ice sculpting. Everyone is getting involved.” Local dance and performance groups will take the stage in the morning representing a diversity of cultures including ukulele group the Grafton Ukettes, the Jacaranda Highland Dancers and a Bollywood performance from Studio 1 Academy. The afternoon’s entertainment has been organised by local recording studio Boutique Trash Records and features local headline acts including the Stained Daisies and Joe Terror. Culture on the Clarence Community Fair will be held in Skinner Street, South Grafton from 9am to 3pm on October 25.