‘Best year ever’
The weather gods smiled on Pauatahanui School’s lamb and calf day on Saturday.
After torrential rain kept many people away in 2012, punters were determined to attend this year, leading to a record take of more than $50,000 for the school.
‘‘It was amazing,’’ co-organiser Lauren Kennedy said.
‘‘Everyone was smiling, even the kids who’d queued half an hour for a game.’’
A summery day attracted 6000 people to the rural school’s annual fair, with cars parked as far away as Joseph Banks Drive in Whitby.
Retro girl group The Beatgirls sang while families sat on hay bales to have their lunch.
Visitors could watch a sheep shearer hard at work and get close to lambs, calves and donkeys at the farm animal petting zoo.
Another attraction was the many impressive auction prizes – a guitar signed by Bret McKenzie went for $900.
Popular children’s games and activities included a huge tractorshaped bouncy castle, hot rod rides, a climbing wall and a bucking bronco.
‘‘ We had some cool stuff this year,’’ Ms Kennedy said. ‘‘It was definitely the best year ever.’’
Money raised will help build a new junior playground.
Can do: Henry Miles, 3, brought down a tower of cans with the help of his mother, Rebecca.