Craft day raises $7k for flight trust

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The weather was bril­liant, the crowds packed in and the food ven­dors were rushed off their feet at the Eat, Drink and Be Crafty fair at Bat­tle Hill on Satur­day.

The Mana Lions-or­gan­ised event, in its third year, saw more than 5000 peo­ple at­tend, with 85 stalls to whet taste buds and empty wal­lets. Co-or­di­na­tor Bob Welsh says the stall­hold­ers were pos­i­tive in their feed­back, although a num­ber of the food sellers found them­selves over­whelmed by the queues and ran out of food.

‘‘The weather was in­cred­i­ble, we had no tail­backs [down the Paekakariki Hill Rd] and what we’ve heard from the pub­lic has been great. There will al­ways be things we can look to im­prove, but it was a fan­tas­tic day.’’

More an­i­mals – such as a pet­ting zoo – could be on the cards next year, along with maybe a move to Sun­day, to avoid clashes with other mar­kets and Welling­ton Cup day.

Money raised from the fair goes to Life Flight Trust, with Mr Welsh giv­ing an early es­ti­mate of $7000.

Pho­tos: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ru­ral de­lights: Jamie Cameron, 6, from Boul­cott, gets fa­mil­iar with a trac­tor at Satur­day’s Eat, Drink and Be Crafty fair. Pre­cious cargo: Otaki boy Maikara Thorpe, 7, makes a tricky turn dur­ing an egg-and-spoon

race.

In­dian ink: Ti­tahi Bay’s Ge­or­gia El­lis, 5, gets a henna tat­too from Es­ther Martin.

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