Stallholders, food vendors, entertainers, local businesses, residents and visitors took to the street on Saturday 11 March, to celebrate this great local community in the annual Ingleburn Alive Festival.
From blowing bubbles to rolling in bubbles, carnival rides to camel rides, fun children’s entertainers to funk rock bands, local business offerings to food from around the world – Ingleburn Alive truly brought the CBD to life and showcased the diversity and depth of community spirit across the area.
This annual festival has grown into an extremely popular event as a family fun day, street party and valuable opportunity for local businesses to connect with local customers in a relaxed atmosphere.
The main street was awash with vibrant colours, festive sounds and tasty aromas as carnival rides, food and market stalls, entertainers and revellers as thousands of visitors enjoyed a range of activities and entertainment to suit all ages and tastes.
Solid Support, Growing Attendance
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic was thrilled with the outcome this year and particularly thanked the sponsors and supporters.
“Putting on such a large scale event would not be possible without our fantastic sponsors and supporters and we especially thank sponsors Channel Nine, Bill Hall Real Estate, Telstra Stores Campbelltown and Macarthur Square, C91.3FM and our Festival Friends, Rotary Club of Ingleburn, Ingleburn Town Centre (part of the Cameron Brae Group), and LMD Soldatic,” Cr Brticevic said.
Cr Brticevic said numbers continued to grow and this year there was plenty on offer with amusement rides, Ingleburn Public School hosting free camel rides, a petting zoo and lots of fun activities for the kids.
Campbelltown City Council worked exceptionally diligently to promote this very popular street festival and especially encouraged local businesses to join the party!
“The event attracts large crowds each year, which makes this a great opportunity for businesses to promote their product or service, and to really get involved in their local community,” Cr Brticevic said.
Their hard work paid off with thousands filling Oxford Road to enjoy the full, fun-filled day of activities.
Entertainment for All Ages
From 11.30am right through to the amazing fireworks display at 8.30pm, Ingleburn’s CBD was bursting with free entertainment, market stalls, carnival rides, fun activities and displays.
A variety of stalls operated along Oxford Road and a jam-packed schedule of 8 hours of stage entertainment kept everyone involved.
The young ones loved the stars of Trolls, Poppy and Branch, and jumped at the chance for a meet and greet after the shows.
Young, up and coming Sydney-based band, The Connection, had revellers dancing in the street with their mix of jazz, blues, rock, pop and soul sounds and Le Groove Dance Company showcased their unique program of dance classes – from modern jive to solo cha-cha.
Local schools including Macquarie Fields High School, Macquarie Fields High School, Ingleburn Public School and Sackville Street Public School performed on the stage and proved that Ingleburn’s got talent!
Headline act Gang of Brothers brought their mix of original tunes and popular funk rock covers before the spectacular 8.30pm fireworks display closed the festival in style.
“Ingleburn Alive’s diverse entertainment program, featuring school students and professional performers, combined with carefully selected activities ensures the festival remains a popular event on the local calendar, year in and year out,” Cr Brticevic said.
Council issued a special thanks to all who attended for the way they embraced the event and paid tribute to the ongoing support of the NSW Police Force, Ingleburn Public School, Ingleburn Baptist Church and Softball Campbelltown, without whom the event would not be possible.
“This year was another great opportunity to bring the community together, to showcase local businesses and talent and allow the northern end of our city to shine,” Cr Brticevic said. “We’ve got our work cut out to beat that for 2018.”