Pauatahanui School prepares for big day
Straw flew through the air as fantastically dressed scarecrows took shape at Pauatahanui School last Wednesday.
The scarecrow- making day attracted dozens of families and was the first event in the leadup to the school’s Lamb and Calf Day on November 2.
During the fair, the scarecrows will line the driveway to the rural school, and will stand guard over games and activities.
Last year’s fair was a washout, with torrential rain denting visitor numbers and funds raised, coorganiser Lauren Kennedy said.
She was hoping that this year the fair would raise $40,000, double last year’s takings.
The money will go towards replacing the junior playground.
Helping draw the crowds on November 2 will be singing sen- sation the Beatgirls, one of whom is a parent at the school.
Two special items are already lined up for auction: a Tanglewood guitar signed by Bret McKenzie and a kayak signed by Olympic legend Ian Ferguson.
Pupil Jack Hawkey, 10, is looking forward to showing off his lamb at this year’s fair, but said the rain was fun last year – he enjoyed a spontaneous mudslide with friends.
Scare-Spidey: Jackson Kennedy, 9, Austin Kennedy, 6, and Jack Hawkey, 10, created a straw Spiderman last week in preparation for November’s Lamb and Calf Day.