Fun for all ages at expo
The third annual Parent and Child Expo at the Trafalgar Centre saw families lining up outside the doors before they had even opened.
More than 70 stalls were on display at the expo, from ladies selling hand-knitted booties and fairy dresses, to people advertising framed portraits and paint-it-yourself pottery classes.
There was face-painting for the kids, and opposite was an Avon makeup stall for the grownups.
Last, but certainly not least in the children's eyes, there was a giant inflatable slide, set up right in the middle of the festivities.
Anne at the "Educarents" stall let children decorate, and of course eat, their own gingerbread men and women, which was a favourite with 2-year-old Rafe Baker, whose mother said he had enjoyed the lollies more than anything else at the expo.
Co-organiser of the expo Prue Fothergill said she and friend Keela McBride started the event three years ago as a conduit for small Nelson businesses to advertise their goods and services.
It has grown from 20 stalls in 2011, to more than 70 this year.
"It's about giving the little guy somewhere to show," Mrs Fothergill said.
"We have so many talented work-at-home parents in the Nelson region."
She said she had been thoroughly impressed by the turnout, with more than 1000 people walking through the door in the first hour on Saturday morning.
Nicole Begg from The Children's Guide, one of the event's main sponsors, said everything was "really awesome", with beautiful weather and "lots of happy faces" walking the floor.
The expo is run as a not-for-profit event, Mrs Fothergill said. Funds raised through the gold-coin entry fee would be donated to the family charity Sands, which offers support to families who have experienced the tragic loss of an infant.
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