Bub­bles a big hit with kids at Crafty fair

Kapi-Mana News - - SUMMER FUN - KRIS DANDO

‘‘I'm bet­ter pre­pared this time, with more than 100 wands.’’

Bub­bles al­ways at­tract a de­cent crowd.

One of the pop­u­lar stalls at the Eat, Drink & Be Crafty Fair on Jan­uary 28 will be Lit­tle Ben’s Big Bub­bles, run by Mana res­i­dent Carly St-Lau­rent.

She had seen the tri­an­gu­lar bub­ble wands at other events over the years and re­cently de­cided to set up her own busi­ness, sell­ing wands and bub­ble solution.

St-Lau­rent has kept it small scale, mainly sell­ing to Porirua kinder­gartens and child­care cen­tres through word of mouth, but loved her first stint at the fair at Bat­tle Hill Farm Park last year.

‘‘I’d com­pletely sold out of all 50 wands by 12.30pm, so I’m bet­ter pre­pared this time, with more than 100 wands and 100 litres [of bub­ble solution],’’ she said.

‘‘There’s some­thing about bub­bles that peo­ple love - I al­ways get a healthy crowd com­ing along, and it’s sim­ple, clean fun.

‘‘It started as a hobby and I like it that way as I do have a day job [as a teacher], but I get enquiries from as far away as Auck­land and Christchurch, ask­ing about ‘The Bub­ble Lady’.’’

All her wands are hand­made and the solution is sourced via a de­ter­gent sup­plier in Auck­land.

St-Lau­rent said she en­joyed the re­laxed at­mos­phere at Eat, Drink & Be Crafty.

‘‘It is a lit­tle out of town but it’s a beau­ti­ful set­ting and if the weather stays good, it is a great day out.’’

Small wands are $5, large ones are $10 and the solution is $5 per litre.

John Gibbs, from fair or­gan­is­ers Mana Lions, said all is readi­ness for the event.

Hav­ing spon­sor­ship from the likes of Clarke & Co, Kitchen Studios, Porirua Club and Spic n Span Toi­lets, along with much­needed sup­port from Porirua City Coun­cil, helped make the fair what is, he said.

‘‘It’s a day geared to­wards families, with live mu­sic, kids games, plenty of stalls to choose from and food to try,’’ Gibbs said.

‘‘We want peo­ple to bring a pic­nic and, hope­fully, en­joy some sun.’’

Money raised from gold coin park­ing will go to Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance.

More than 30 Lions vol­un­teers will be out help­ing on the day, Gibbs said.

The fair is about 5km from Pau­ata­hanui vil­lage cen­tre and runs from 10am till 4pm.

Eft­pos is avail­able.

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