Time for some coun­try fun

All eyes on Bat­tle Hill for the sum­mer fair

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Get out in your gar­den and dust off your apron be­cause a good old fam­ily fair is com­ing to town.

The Lit­tle Sprouts Easter Coun­try Fair, to be held at Bat­tle Hill in March, will re­vive the ex­cite­ment of times long past while rais­ing money for the or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies with boxes of ev­ery­thing a new mother could pos­si­bly need.

Lit­tle Sprouts founder and fair or­gan­iser Jo Alderdice said it would hope­fully be­come an an­nual event.

‘‘We re­alised that no-one was do­ing proper fair com­pe­ti­tions – think Women’s In­sti­tute in Eng­land – or a fab­u­lous Easter event, and we think Bat­tle Hill is just an in­cred­i­ble part of our re­gion that peo­ple will fall in love with,’’ she said.

‘‘We think it’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion.’’

It will be a fam­ily af­fair with clas­sic cars, all kinds of stalls, rides for the chil­dren and even a par­ents’ area, with free mas­sages and baby food.

The Easter bunny will be ap­pear­ing at the chil­dren’s scav­enger hunt.

‘‘We have three small boys and we are re­ally putting in lots of Lit­tle Sprouts gave away $150,000 worth of baby items in the last year. The Auck­land branch was opened in Septem­ber and gave away its first packs just be­fore Christ­mas. The or­gan­i­sa­tion won a lo­cal hero award in the New Zealan­der of the Year awards in 2014. ex­tra ef­fort to en­sure that fam­i­lies with younger chil­dren can also re­ally en­joy the day.

‘‘Plus we are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies from Wellington, the Hutt, Kapiti and beyond to come along and find out how in­cred­i­ble Pau­ata­hanui is.’’

With a zero bud­get, Alderdice said they had re­lied on the gen­eros­ity of spon­sors and vol­un­teers to make the fair hap­pen. All money raised would go to­wards help­ing new par­ents.

She said the goal was to raise at least $ 20,000, which would be enough to help another 200 ba­bies and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘ It’s a re­ally great way for peo­ple to have some fun and also support a re­ally great cause.’’

Though more will be re­vealed as the time nears, now is the time to start grow­ing pump­kins and per­fect­ing recipes for the tra­di­tional English coun­try fair com­pe­ti­tions that will be held in the lead-up.

En­try is free and all en­tries left over after judg­ing will be sold at the fair.

Some big- name spon­sors are be­hind the event, with Palmers, Mojo, the Lodge, Pau­ata­hanui In­let, the Par­ents Cen­tre, Har­courts, Ed­wards & Co and Merino Kids among the con­trib­u­tors.

To buy scav­enger hunt tick­ets for $5 or to be part of the freeen­try com­pe­ti­tions, visit lit­tle sprout­seast­er­coun­try­fair.co.nz.

Photo:RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Fair fun: From left, Alderdice-Spice brothers Daniel, 5, Con­nor, 6, and Luke, 2, are ready for the Lit­tle Sprouts Coun­try Fair.

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