Fair makes a big splash again

Weather couldn't ruin the day

KATE DAVIDSON
Last updated 13:00 21/04/2014
mapua fair
PATRICK HAMILTON/Fairfax NZ
RIGHT ROUND: Eleven-year-old Chelsea Moffitt-Neve of Stoke enjoying the rides yesterday.

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Gumboots, rain jackets and umbrellas featured at the Mapua Easter Fair yesterday as people from around the country enjoyed scones with cream and jam, carnival rides, local artwork and the story of a magic pony.

After last week's weather bomb left a slightly muddy field, and some early showers on the day, the 32nd Easter fair was once again a hit with the public, and the Mapua community and school.

Organiser Lisa Dunn said the sun coming out thrilled everyone, especially after two weeks of rain.

"You could see kids were out, even in their gumboots, having fun and just enjoying the stalls and carnival rides, so that was highlight."

Another hit was 10-year-old author Alice Rozga, from Brightwater, welcoming people to the fair while selling copies of her book Stella, The Magical Pony to raise money to buy a pony of her own. In the Mapua Community Hall, local artists exhibited their works to those entering the fair via the hall.

Sales of the The Mapua Village Cookbook, which was launched at the event, were "really, really good", Dunn said. Buyers included both locals and visitors to the region, with samples of the recipes on offer.

Dunn said the locally run cafe and the cookbook were the most successful stalls when it came to raising funds for the school.

She said it was another outstanding fair, but she could not confirm how much money had been raised to build a multipurpose centre for the school. "They hadn't finished counting it when we left last night."

Dunn said numbers were down earlier in the day due to the rain, but as the skies cleared and as the sun appeared, people began to descend on the fair for a "nice full afternoon". Visitors came from throughout the Nelson region but also from as far afield as Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, and the West Coast.

Dunn thanked businesses in the region for their continuing support of the fair.

"We just really appreciate the support we get from the greater Nelson region in terms of the business support in all of the things they donate for the chocolate wheel and for the silent auction. It was overwhelming this year.

"People were very, very generous, and it was very appreciated."

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