More than $ 8000 was raised for Wellington Free Ambulance as a big crowd braved hot weather at the Eat, Drink & Be Crafty fair at Battle Hill on Saturday.
With the mercury hitting the high 20s, John Gibbs from Mana Lions, who organised and staffed the event, said shade was at a premium and cool drinks and ice creams were popular.
Feedback from the stallholders was positive and many left early after selling out of stock, he said.
‘‘It was a great day – we think more than 5000 people came through the gates to experience a real country fair.
‘‘A few people came early and left early and left early because of the Wellington Cup, but the numbers were what we expected.’’
The gold coin taken for parking goes to Wellington Free, which is looking to buy a new ambulance.
Gibbs said the shearing was a big point of difference that drew hundreds of spectators.
Musical interlude: Rough Copy, featuring Porirua City Council’s Claire Giblin on vocals, kept the fairgoers entertained with their hits from the 1970s and beyond.