Pau­ata­hanui School pre­pares for big day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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