Spirits persevere at country fair

23:32, Nov 05 2012
BRAVING THE ELEMENTS: Donning period costume to promote an historic book on Pauatahanui, Christine Stanley likely wished she had a vintage wind-breaker.
NOT SO SURE: Year 2 student Olive Nation models a crocheted hat for sale, alongside Lauren Kennedy.
SWEET TREAT: Paraparaumu Beach School students Laura Bruce and Herena McKee, both 10, bought cupcakes at the fair and managed to avoid the rain and keep the chill out with an umbrella and lots of hot food, they said.
SMASHING TIME: Jago Dellow, 12, said wrecking a car with a sledgehammer at the fair was ‘‘awesome’’.
BEST IN SHOW: Pauatahanui School pupil Mia Trail, 6, and lamb Rosie who won top honours on the day.
RAYS OF SUNSHINE: Liz Abbott and Sue Smith selling honey from Windy Bottom Farm.
ALL EARS: Amelia Chan, Ella Newell and Lucy Newton-Smith cuddle with some rabbits froml Staglands.
FEEDING TIME: Dean, Chris and Luke from Tuohy Homes providing much needed bacon butties in the cold wet weather.
BOXED IN: Holly Trail and daughter Mia running the jumble sale.

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.''


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