300-plus stalls booked for Saturday
It's a full house for the 22nd annual Hutt News Petone Rotary Fair this Saturday, with more than 300 stalls booked.
It is the major annual fundraising initiative of the Rotary Club of Petone, bringing in more than $30,000. Fair committee chairman Alan Stevens says the money enables the club to support local community groups and charities, such as Te Omanga Hospice and Britannia House, and also the major projects of Rotary International.
The fair is staged in the main shopping area of Jackson St, between Cuba and Victoria streets from 10am till 4pm. The city council-commissioned Impact Report of 2007 stated that "The Fair is one of Hutt City's most significant summer events". Each year it is enjoyed by more than 30,000 visitors from all over the Wellington region and also showcases the shops and businesses of the unique heritage street.
Stallholders include those selling garden ornaments, plants and furniture, new and "preloved" clothing, ethnic (Pacific Island, Asia, South America) goods; jewellery, carvings, collectables, essential oils, health products, books and CDs. There will even be retired greyhounds.
You will find plenty for your lunch, including whitebait fritters, hangi kai, Stewart Island smoked salmon, hot donuts and limoncello liqueurs.
Some 26 community groups are using the fair to showcase their cause and/or raise funds, including Rotary with their shelter boxes, the Petone Rowing Club to raise money to help get their rowers to Nationals and Books for Cambodia, a New Zealand-based trust that will sell books, clothing and Cambodian craft to pay for books for school libraries in the developing nation.
For kids of all ages there are all the rides, thrills, amusements and sideshows, various displays/demos (Tai Chi and gym sports) and an Irish band. There are three stallholders from the South Island, and seven from Auckland - and all points in between.
On Saturday, Tranz Metro trains will run to Petone Station at the end of Jackson St. Buses from/to Wellington/Hutt Valley are diverted around the street closures at each end. Free parking is available at the WelTec parks in Buick St (Petone Rec), Cuba St and the corner of Udy and Britannia streets, and for a small charge at both schools in Britannia St; and the Pacific Islanders/ Methodist Church in Nelson St.