Community helps fair to flourish

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 13:00 18/02/2013

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New Dovedale School principal Sonia Gianelly got a mass introduction to her new community at the Dovedale Country Affair yesterday.

From behind the school's PTA stall at the country fair, she was marvelling at the community spirit that in just five years has transformed a car boot sale into a major event.

The fair is organised by the PTA and the Dovedale Residents' Association and co-ordinator Zafir Ivanov said "pretty much the whole community" pitched in to make the fair a success.

Music co-ordinator Liam Ryan organised a band, the Sou'Westers, the newly formed Dovedale Choir and the Zenda bellydancers to perform.

The PTA group was expecting to make around $4000, which member Jane Stevenson said would make a big impact for the school with a roll of 42. Mr Ivanov said the overall fair would make a few thousand dollars more, with the profits going into a community fund that groups can apply to for grants.

There were about 50 stalls, and at one, 10-year-old Niamh Tasker, of Dovedale School, was selling cupcakes she had made, with the profits going to her iPod fund.

Other attractions reflected the history of the area, from a tobacco-growing exhibition to vintage machinery, sheep handling demonstrations and vintage wedding dresses.

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