Annual fair raises $10,000+ for shed
There was movement at the Alibi for the word had passed around That the Book Fair it was set to start today There were books from all the bookcases from Matamata and surrounds And all the folk had gathered for the fray There were dealers from the country there were those from other towns Ready with their eftpos cards and cash The queue spread down the footpaths sporting smiles and never frowns And everybody waited for the dash. At 9.00 the doors flew open and the punters ran amok Their bags and arms soon filling up with tomes By noon the tills were ringing with around five thousand bucks And many of the books would find new homes There was fiction and some reference and great biography All so carefully sorted by the team Of sorters lead by Lorna, what a splendid crowd they be Of all the volunteers she is the Queen! By Saturday it was over, we’d put ten grand in the bank The treasurer just grinned from ear to ear What a very special effort and so very special thanks Historical Society volunteer So we had a few books over, but they found another place The prison at Waikeria being one It’s good to think of prisoners with a smile upon their face And we reflect with pride on what we’ve done. So Matamata readers as you read for many an hour Just think of all the pleasure you will reap Every dollar that you spent goes to projects at the Tower Where Matamata’s heritage we keep.