Daylight saving gave punters at the Rai Valley Spring Fete on Sunday an extra hour to play said co-organiser Tania Lawrence.
The fair raised about $3000, to be split between painting the Rai Valley School outdoor swimming pool and refurbishing the Carluke Hall toilets, Miss Lawrence said.
She thought close to 2000 people attended.
"All the fundraising groups said they had a good steady day, and some stall holders have already asked to come back next year," Miss Lawrence said. "The weather held off for us so we had lots of families and groups come along. It was a great start to the school holidays and we welcomed daylight savings in with a big one."
Everyone had a blast in the blow-up gladiator ring and on the human fly velcro wall, Miss Lawrence said.
There was a good range of arts and crafts, clothing and artisan foods, she said.
The fete's heaviest worm contest was won by Marlina Sherwood with a nine gram worm.
Zakiah Billingsley came second with an eight gram worm.
The lolly jar count was won by Annabel Lewis with the closest guess of 760. The actual count was 773.
Fellow organiser Faye Leov said it was great to see so many people who grew up in Rai Valley bringing their families to the fete.
- The Marlborough Express