Spirits persevere at country fair
Terrible weather frustrated organisers of Pauatahanui School's Lamb & Calf Day on Saturday - but the kids had fun.
Co-organiser Lauren Kennedy estimates ''a few thousand'' people came through the gates, and profits from the event were between $20,000 and $25,000, well down on previous years.
''The guy who does the sheep shearing, who's been coming here forever, reckons it's the worst weather we've had.
''The sale of pre-loved clothing went well, though, because parents were having to buy spare clothes due to the kids being out in the rain and mud. They were loving it, dancing in the rain.''
Attractions such as the rock climbing wall had to be canned, but Ms Kennedy says stalls were moved inside and everyone mucked in and made do. The vintage cafe was a hit and the raffles sold out.
''There were still plenty of smiles and we were blown away by the number of people who did come. We had a couple who came from Palmerston North because they'd heard about the event and the support from our own community was amazing.''