Mapua preparing for massive fair

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 08:42 14/04/2014

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The new Mapua Community Hall will be an integral part of the Mapua Easter Fair.

Organiser Lisa Dunn said the hall will be the main entrance for Aranui Rd pedestrians and the location of art displays, Mapua School cookbook sales, the fair's cafe and eftpos.

The 340 stallholders from across the country, some who have attended every fair since the start, booked their sites in record time for the fair, she said.

"We are thrilled by the quality and diversity of this year's stallholders. The range of food is really diverse, we are fortunate to have the Founders Heritage Park cooper on site this year, we have many talented quilters and seamstresses, lots of really beautiful garden furniture and decorations and local potters and jewellers, imported leather clothing - there's some really amazing stuff."

The fair is the major annual fundraiser for Mapua School and Mapua Playcentre and has been known to draw about 16,000 people on fine days. Funds from the fair will be focused toward a new $1.2 million multi-purpose building that can be used by pupils for assemblies, sport , drama and technology.

Gates open at 9am and the fair's main free carpark, and associated rear entrance, would again be available for use by drivers. Cyclists are encouraged to come by bike and use the Mapua Ferry, which would be making trips from Rabbit Island between 8am and 5pm on the day. Bike parking would be provided for riders. Dunn said young entertainers from throughout the region would be performing on the new main stage and in the children's area.

"There's also a huge silent auction which has been generously supported by businesses throughout the Top of the South as well as our much loved Chocolate Wheel, she said.

Entry to the fair, which will be held wet or fine, is $2. "But please no dogs," Dunn said.

"We welcome everyone and look forward to sharing Easter Sunday with them at the fair."

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