In May 1955, the Medina Parents and Citizens’ announced that a Medina Fair would be held in November 1955, and would be of a size and scope to rival the then famous Canning Show. The main purpose behind the Fair was to raise £2,000 towards improvements and works at Medina School.
The inaugural Fair commenced with a grand opening ceremony featuring asbestos-clad members of BP Refinery’s fire-fighting unit walking through a petrol fire and rescuing a “damsel in distress.” This event was followed by the Championship of Kwinana race, a 100 yard dash. The men’s event was won by Tim Crowe, pictured below. The winner of the women’s final was Medina schoolteacher, Miss Blacklock.
Other entertainments included a tug-o-war competition, featuring teams from many local businesses as well as Kwinana Marching Girls, ex-POWs, Marines and Korean Veteran’s. Wesfarmers won the day, with Boans and the Marines teams taking out second and third place respectively. A Miss Popular Girl competition was won by Fay Mills. The name of this award changed in later years to Miss Medina, and finally, Festival Princess.
The Fair continued to grow and in its fifth year, 1959, it attracted 8,000 people. A float parade throughout Medina became a regular spectacle to kick off festivities. Other entertainments included an equestrian show, baby show and best pets competitions.
During the 1970s, Medina Fair changed its name to Kwinana Festival Fair Day and in 2006 the Town of Kwinana Council took over running the event. It remained a much-anticipated feature of the local social calendar before celebrating its last hurrah in 2016.
From 2017, the City introduced a Symphony Spectacular in place of Kwinana Festival.