Fair celebrates the autumn harvest
Scarecrows, pumpkins, geese – either it’s out-of-hand country gothic, or it’s the annual Marton Harvest Fair.
‘‘It’s the coolest event of the year,’’ proclaims Project Marton’s Cath Ash.
‘‘It’s a celebration of our history, our heritage, our culture and our identity as a rural New Zealand town.’’
There’s also beer. Home of barley-malt company Malteurop, Marton has been declared the ‘‘Malt Capital of New Zealand’’.
‘‘So it is only fitting we have our own home-brew competition, and it has really amped up the quality and the range of beers.’’
Add geese-herding, traction engines, wood-chopping from an ace team of Marton Axemen (‘‘best wood-chopping team in the country!’’), 160 stalls, and music from five-piece Palmy amerikana band The Winsome Lost, and most of the elements for a fun day out are in place.
Guest celeb chef is Annabelle White who will be sharing her kitchen secrets as well as helping judge the ‘punkin’ pie baking competition.
Before there gets to be pie, though, there’s pumpkins. Last year 15-year-old Aaron Ackerman grew a monster that weighed in at 754.5 kilos, a New Zealand record for eight days before a bloke in Hamilton grew one slightly heavier.
‘‘Aaron will be back to try and regain the title. The weigh-off takes place on Saturday and the pumpkins will be on display during Sunday.’’
As for the scarecrows, local schools, businesses, groups and individuals have been busy creating the harvest symbols.
‘‘They are all so cool, and they pop up all over the place. There’s a scarecrow trail map so visitors can get around to see them all.’’
A real coup has been to secure the World War II Kittyhawk
Allison V-12 aero engine.
Sunday’s fair is at Marton Park, 10am – 4pm, with free entry. For details 06 327 7633 or email email@example.com
‘‘It’s a celebration of our history, our heritage, our culture and our identity as a rural New Zealand town.’’ Cath Ash Project Marton
Annabelle White is guest celebrity chef at this Sunday’s Marton Harvest Fair.