Waitoki’s fair keeps it country

Toffee apple trio, from left, Lucas Bartrom, 10, Dillon Ranby, 11 and Staton Ranby, 10. Below, Winning chickens from Waitoki’s Ag Day came along to the fair.

Prizewinning chooks and plenty of classic farmers market stalls were a feature of the annual Waitoki School Country Fair on October 19.

The fair was well attended, not only by current students and their parents, but by people from around the district as well as past pupils.

“This year looks like our biggest turnout ever,” event organiser and Friends of Waitoki member, Cassie Morris, says.

“We really cherish our rural heritage here, so we wanted to hold a real country fair with plenty of stalls and games.”

Activities for children included two bouncy castles, a sensory play area with playdough and three shell pools filled with “gloop.”

Several silent auctions were held and a “twirly whirly” garden accessory worth around $200 was raffled.

Top placing chickens from the school’s AG day, which was held on the day before the fair, greeted attendees on the way into the school.

“The fair doubles as a celebration of our AG day, which had a great turnout this year, with around 30 lambs and two goats,” Cassie says.

Money raised from the Country Fair will go towards a new speaker system for the school, worth $18,000.

The day raised around $8000.

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