Friday fair fuels fundraising

Teacher Ruth Thompson is drenched after a bulls-eye throw from a student.

Lucy Krinkel, 18, takes the wheel of Constable Bryan Ward’s police car.

The inaugural Red Beach School Night Fair, on November 15, attracted a big crowd.

Committee leader for the event, Rachelle Hughes, says hosting the fair on a Friday night helped make it a big success.

“During last year’s gala prep on a Friday afternoon, the hype and excitement from the students was electric,” Rachelle says. “This year we wanted to bottle that enthusiasm by having a Friday night fair.”

The event raised around $20,000 – approximately double the amount raised last year – with the funds going towards upgrading playgrounds.

There were long lines for the stalls, which sold classic fair food such as candy floss and baking, as well as a self-service slushy machine.

Activities included a bouncy castle, ‘dunk the teacher,’ and a large inflatable caterpillar maze.

Live entertainment continued throughout the evening, and included Kapa Haka, drama skits and live music.

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