Foxy lark full of fun for young set at day in park

They are the pied pipers of Lions Lark in the Park.

Samantha Shannon and Danielle Booth, both 18, and otherwise known as Two Spoonfools, attract children like bees to honey.

It might have something to do with their colourful props, animal songs or their ability to act like a fox.

Acting and singing along to The Fox in fox masks drew the children away from their picnics, the playground and even their fairground treats at Lark in the Park yesterday.

The pair, who are childhood friends, first performed at Lark in the Park, at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, four years ago, as a singing duo.

They were asked to fill in with something interactive, for children.

They grasped the opportunity and have been asked to come back each year developing new activities to music with the help of props from Concord School.

''We'll probably be back next year. We try and come up with something colourful and exciting and then find the props to go with it,'' Miss Booth said.

This year they were also asked to perform at the Mosgiel A and P show.

Lions Lark in the Park co-ordinator Peter Begg, of Dunedin North Lions, said despite a cool, drizzling start to the day, it turned out to be a pleasant afternoon drawing out the crowds.

''I think it was one of the better crowds we've had in recent years, about 2500 over the day.''

There were performances from 11 groups and musicians including Two Spoonfools who were a favourite of the younger set, he said.

The event was a fundraiser for Stroke Foundation but how much was raised would not be known for a couple of weeks.

-rebecca.fox@odt.co.nz

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