Vince Rietveld with his children Charlotte and Ralph at the Agri Garden Art Competition that he entered a ‘bird feeder’ design in

Fair welcomes crowds

by Ann van Engelen

The annual Hororata Parish Spring Fair was held on Labour Day with a large crowd enjoying the traditional fair atmosphere.

“The fair is the parish’s biggest annual fundraiser but more than that it is a wonderful community day,” said Vicar Jenni Carter.

“The event was again a part of the Beca Heritage Festival, which brought a unique aspect to the day. We wanted to connect people to the stories of our past, and we did this by giving cemetery tours. With the St John’s Church being several kilometres locals brought their stunning vintage cars out and transported people to the cemetery. Young and old were delighted with this opportunity.

“The day was a resounding success, enjoyed by people from all over Canterbury. We are grateful to the local businesses who generously support us and the large team of volunteers who work behind the scenes to put the event together — contributing to another enjoyable spring fair.”

The Country Auction remains a big attraction of the day.

“The addition of the Agri Garden Art Competition, where local blokes were challenged to make a garden creation out of wood to be sold at the auction to raise funds for the Parish, was an entertaining and exciting feature. Our very talented local blokes created 11 unique, amazing and clever Agri-Art sculptures, which raised more than $1,700 for the parish,” said Agri-Art organiser Yvonne Cookson.

“The People’s Choice Award went to Tim Cookson for Macrocarpa Throne, and the Top Bid Award went to Brendan Albon for Veges at the Gate. The Selwyn Community Choir and Emma Sparey entertained the crowd with beautiful musical performances.”