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Peppa Pig is preferred to noisy Hornets

POTATO sack races, grass tobogganing, face painting, and a performance by Peppa Pig along with the velcro wall kept children at the Australia Day breakfast in Commonwealth Park entertained.

More than 10,000 people attended the park to celebrate the First Fleet's arrival in Botany Bay in 1788.

Isabella Shea, 5, and Samantha Shea, 3, enjoyed Peppa Pig's performance from the back of the crowd at Stage 88 but were less impressed by the fly-over by three-ship F/A-18 Hornet formation by the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Evatt sisters had their faces painted by the Gecko gang and their mother, Belinda Andrews, 37, said it was a great way to celebrate being Australian.

''It's just such a nice way to spend the day outside,'' Ms Andrews said.

Parents lined up for more than an hour for free painting and the stroller-filled line stretched for more than 100 metres before noon.

Trevor Lane, 35, brought his two daughters to the breakfast.

''Their mum is having a sleep in,'' Mr Lane said. ''And they really like Peppa Pig.''

Evie, 4, and Lily, 2, weren't feeling overly patriotic (and don't like blue) so they requested animal designs rather than traditional Australia Day flags. EWA KRETOWICZ

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