Fair cel­e­brates the au­tumn har­vest

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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 pro­ject­mar­ton@xtra.co.nz

‘‘It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of our his­tory, our her­itage, our cul­ture and our iden­tity as a ru­ral New Zealand town.’’ Cath Ash Project Mar­ton

PHOTO: FAIRFAX NZ

Annabelle White is guest celebrity chef at this Sun­day’s Mar­ton Har­vest Fair.

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