Bruce Neil with his ‘happy birthday’ fence with winning bidder Nicky Muir

Fun at the fair

by Ann van Engelen

The Hororata Parish Spring Fair has been a part of the local landscape for many years, not just raising money for the parish, but raising community spirit and providing a fun, family day out.

“The fair is also a part of the Heritage Festival, giving people the opportunity to share stories of the past that link us to this place,” said committee member Yvonne Cookson.

“Visitors can learn about the early settlers of the area with a video by the Hororata Historical Society, visit the St John’s Church graveyard transported in a vintage car and discover the stories of people gone before us in the district.”

The Country Auction has been a highlight for more than 10 years and for the second year, the challenge has been laid down to the men, blokes and Trevs to showcase their number eight wire skills and enter the Agri Garden Art competition.

“Last year saw blades, horseshoes, truck springs and number eight wire, like never seen before. This year is about recycling posts, wood and timber — that stuff lying in and around the sheds. Entries are voted on by the public during the fair and visitors are given the chance to own a one-off piece of Kiwiana at the auction 11.30am.

The competition is open to any local bloke who wants a chance to show his creative side. Bring your piece on the day by 10am.

“There will be traditional fair fun with many attractions and stalls offering homemade jams, speciality foods, handmade crafts, plants and second-hand books. Children can enter the Creative Kids competition and win great prizes.

“Join us on Labour Day, Monday, October 28 at the Hororata Domain from 9.30am to 2pm wet or fine, entry and parking are free.”

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