Crowds for Wai­hua Fete

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Peo­ple from all over Hawke’s Bay are ex­pected at this month’s Wai­hua Fete on the East Coast.

Now in its sev­enth year, the fete has be­come so pop­u­lar there is a wait­ing list for stall hold­ers.

Held in the coun­try gar­den of Wai­hua Sta­tion, 20 min­utes south of Wairoa, the fundrais­ing festival is an ideal fam­ily day out.

This year it will fea­ture 15 new stalls with num­bers capped at 60 to main­tain the in­ti­mate coun­try gar­den feel­ing the fete is fa­mous for.

The mar­ket stall lay­out of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one with a range of ar­ti­san prod­ucts in­clud­ing Wrights Vine­yard and Win­ery, Smokin BBQ Boys, Pip­squeaks Bou­tique, The Wooden Spoon, Snapa Grabba, Bird of Prey jew­ellery, Notre Vie can­dles, Cof­fee from The Vanilla Bean, Jo Wil­son Art, Mar­got Dever Choco­lates, Shift Style Cloth­ing, Torere Ma­cadamias, as fea­tured on Coun­try Cal­en­dar and Mossi fine linens.

As well as plenty of brows­ing and shop­ping there will be Char­teris Chop­pers he­li­copter rides, a bouncy cas­tle for the un­der-fives do­nated by In­flat­able Mad­ness, and loos from The Royal Flush.

The scene will be set by en­ter­tain­ers Highly Flammable with stilt walk­ers and jug­glers min­gling with guests in the idyl­lic sur­round­ings.

As well as a pre-Christ­mas fes­tive feel­ing, the gar­den set­ting fea­tur­ing es­tab­lished trees, a wind­ing hedged en­trance and the 100-year old homestead, cre­ates the per­fect at­mos­phere for the fete.

The Wai­hua Fete con­cept was hatched over a cof­fee morn­ing, and since then thou­sands of dol­lars have been raised for the Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and other char­i­ties.

Or­gan­iser Rose Haynes said, for her, the driver be­hind the event is be­ing a mum.

“When you have kids, you re­alise how frag­ile they are, es­pe­cially when you are on a farm.

“I have heard of so many chil­dren who have been to Star­ship for one ran­dom rea­son or an­other, and it is just nice to be able to give some­thing back.”

She and co-or­gan­iser Sue Wil­son have been amazed at how the event has grown from 20 stalls to tripling in size.

“This year has been the eas­i­est to or­gan­ise, as af­ter years of search­ing for stall hold­ers they are now com­ing to us.

“Ev­ery­one who is part of the event is giv­ing some­thing. All the stall hold­ers have to travel, and ev­ery­one just gives that lit­tle bit mak­ing it a re­ally feel-good day.”

The fete will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25 from 10am-3pm with eftpos fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

Wai­hua Sta­tion is lo­cated at the end of Glen­din­ing Road, 20 mins south of Wairoa off SH2. Look for sig­nage on the day.

The en­try fee is $10 per adult, free for chil­dren, with all gate tak­ings go­ing to Star­ship.

Find out more about the fete at wai­huas­ta­

Stilt walk­ing and jug­gling by en­ter­tain­ers Highly Flammable will fea­ture at this year’s Wairoa Fete.

The rugged coast­line and work­ing farm set the back­drop for the pop­u­lar Wai­hua Fete.

Browse the range of ar­ti­san prod­ucts in the idyl­lic gar­den set­tings at the Wai­hua Fete.

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