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
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
''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.