Com­mu­nity fun for busy farm­ers

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

Con­sid­er­able wet weather and a low milk pay­out fore­cast have made for try­ing times for lo­cal farm­ers.

But the small Puke­tu­rua com­mu­nity near Ara­puni in the South Waikato is aim­ing to boost morales by once again hold­ing a free fam­ily fun night and din­ner in the Puke­tu­rua Hall at 6.30pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 23.

Hall com­mit­tee mem­ber Ju­dith Ben­nett said a sim­i­lar event was held last year and it was a chance for lo­cals to mix, min­gle and have a good time.

‘‘Last year ev­ery­one was down with the pay­out so some­one on the com­mit­tee said why don’t we try and cheer ev­ery­one up where they can come along for a bar­be­cue,’’ she said.

’’It was a fan­tas­tic night and be­cause the wet weather made the start of calv­ing a bat­tle for ev­ery­one this year and there are still low fore­casts with the milk pay­out morales are low again so we’ve de­cided to run it again.’’

She said it wasn’t easy for farm­ers out there.

‘‘The rain and pay­out fore­cast not up by much means ev­ery­one was worse than last year. I was talk­ing to a young guy who wouldn’t wear a rain­coat any­more be­cause he said it was wet in­side and out from hav­ing to wear it ev­ery­day. He was so down,’’ she said.

She said any­one within the com­mu­nity

‘‘Calv­ing has been a busy time but we are com­ing to the end of it now and it's not an ex­cuse not to have an­other life’’

was wel­come to come to the free fun night and din­ner if they let her know by Thurs­day.

‘‘We’ve made it at the end of term so it’s eas­ier for peo­ple to come along to but we need peo­ple to let us know if they want to come so there will be enough food,’’ she said.

‘‘We have changed the menu slightly from last year and there will also be a bit of a surpirse.’’

‘‘Calv­ing has been a busy time but we are com­ing to the end of it now and it’s not an ex­cuse not to have an­other life.’’

‘‘There will be a DVD play­ing for the chil­dren and pop­corn so bring them along. It’s im­por­tant to get out and have fun,’’ she said.

While spon­sor­ship is pay­ing for the evening, do­na­tions will be ac­cepted at the door to cover any short­fall.

Tea, cof­fee, juice, and non al­co­holic punch will be pro­vided oth­er­wise it is bring your own.

Email mjben­nett@xtra.co.nz or text 027 285 4915.

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