It was a centenary celebration – but a cold one at first! The crowd grew larger as the day grew warmer. Everyone had their own favourite activity. Face painting needed many more hours because it was so popular. Many enjoyed the rides, amongst them the Tornado, Swings and Merry-Go-Round for the little ones, but the ride that elicited the most screams was Wipeout – which left a few riders quite jittery! Others headed straight for the speciality food stores and spent almost all their money there.

To pull a crowd, PHSG showcased their dance moves and instrumental skills. The Pipe Band came marching in, with jaunty tunes, wearing their Scottish attire. To advertise their culinary prowess the young chefs brought their pots and pans to the dancefloor. The Hall was filled to brim with books of all shapes, sizes and genres as well as movies, CDs, records and magazines. There were books for every type of booklover from Mills & Boons (for your mom) to National Geographic (for school projects).

The Afrikaans classes were transformed into an Auction venue with interesting items up for grabs such as sport shirts, spa days, medicine hampers and vintage tea-sets. Once again, the Old Girls' stall was frequented by many Old Girls. The famous Hope teddy bear garnered a lot of attention from past, present and future pupils.

For the first time PHSG sold wine and postcards to celebrate the 100th Spring Fair. The bottle labels and the postcards were designed based on the artworks submitted by the runners up in the poster competition. The postcards were collected and stored in a time capsule, which will be buried and reopened at the 2029 reunion.

Many girls fell in love with the Black Beauty's (the horses) trotting around the property. Spring Fair from a hundred years ago was a lot different from what we have now and it's fun to imagine what Spring Fair might be like a hundred years from now.

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