Lit­tle Sprouts fair proves a win­ner


The driz­zle didn’t keep the crowds away from some old­fash­ioned fun at the Lit­tle Sprouts Easter Coun­try Fair on March 22.

The fair, held at Battle Hill, raised more than $17,000 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies with boxes of ev­ery­thing a new mother could need.

Lit­tle Sprouts founder and fair or­gan­iser Jo Alderdice said about 3000 peo­ple showed up.

‘‘It was driz­zly when we woke up and we feared no-one would come,’’ she said.

‘‘Sud­denly car af­ter car be­gan ar­riv­ing and through the mist we saw chil­dren in gummies and coats and then hun­dreds of peo­ple were ev­ery­where.

‘‘I can only de­scribe the fair as mag­i­cal.

‘‘When we looked around it was bet­ter than any­thing we had dreamed of.’’

She said there were chil­dren zoom­ing around on fire en­gines and in the vin­tage trac­tor and cart, high- fiv­ing emer­gency ser­vices peo­ple and rolling pump­kins.

She said the hot grill team were rushed off their feet.

‘‘We nearly sold out of 400 sausages by lunchtime and had to do an emer­gency dash for an­other 300.’’

Alderdice said Lit­tle Sprouts planned to run an­other fair next year.

Rainy ride: The Lit­tle Sprouts Easter Coun­try Fair was a big hit.

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