Fete funds Santa parade

by Anonymous Author

Proceeds from this year’s annual Leeston Fete will again go toward community projects in the Selwyn township.

This will be the seventh year the fete has been held, with the 2017 event scheduled for Saturday, April 8, starting at 10am.

The event is being organised by the Ellesmere Business and Promotions Association.

Association chair Kath Methink said that every year the fete seems to grow, with this year 115 stallholders booking their sites compared to 97 the previous year.

“The Leeston Fete is growing from strength to strength in both popularity and people wanting to sell and display their goods, with stallholders coming from as far afield as Dunedin. We have even had enquiries from a potential stallholder who lives in Rotorua.


“Last year exceeded all expectations with several thousand people turning up to enjoy a day out in the beautiful rural township of Leeston.” She said proceeds from the fete go The government has recently announced an increase in police staffing, and Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is welcoming the move, especially in relation to rural and remote communities.

She said RWNZ had made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. “In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law to fund community events like the Ellesmere Santa Parade as well as other projects.

“Some of the funds this year will go toward providing a security system for Leeston’s main street, which will not only provide increased security for local businesses but also help to keep people safe.”

Leeston’s high street will be closed between 10am and 3pm, for the hosting of the event.