Rangiuru fair the best yet

Te Puke Times - - News - By MIKE GULLICK Rangiuru School Prin­ci­pal

Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 saw Rangiuru School hold its an­nual Coun­try Fair.

This year the school de­cided to go with an eco-friendly and sus­tain­able theme. New at­trac­tions in­cluded archery, pony and don­key rides and tar­get shoot­ing, along with many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The school shop did well sell­ing hand-made beeswax wraps, seed bombs and T-shirt bags made by the chil­dren. There were also rab­bits and chick­ens avail­able for pur­chase, ad­ding to the coun­try feel of the day.

We fo­cused on try­ing to pro­vide some qual­ity food op­tions that were un­usual in­clud­ing white­bait frit­ters, goat curry and South Is­land cheese rolls — these proved very pop­u­lar.

The Marigold Cafe re­ally helped us out in preparation for the fair. They al­lowed us to use their kitchen for a night as well as kindly pro­vid­ing us with a cof­fee cart and barista for the day.

In keep­ing with the theme, all food was served in an eco-friendly way. Serve­ware was all biodegrad­able and eth­i­cally sourced.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity busi­ness played a big part in the suc­cess of the day.

We ap­proached po­ten­tial spon­sors with the op­tion to spon­sor one of our stalls and were im­pressed with the gen­eros­ity of many of the busi­ness own­ers. Our spon­sors for the day were Vi­sion lab, Ma­jes­tic In­te­ri­ors, New World Te Puke, Tan­ner Con­tract­ing, Ran­furly Spray­ing, Maketu Ro­tary, Good Buzz, Paen­garoa Dairy and lo­cal farmer Richard Weld.

The silent auc­tion was pop­u­lar with kind do­na­tions from Hob­biton, the Craw­shaws, Only Good, Game Gear, Sportsworld Te Puke, Anann Pub, Zorb, Par­adise Val­ley, Skellerup, Pa­pamoa Bin Inn, Annabel Lang­bein, Stihl Shop Te Puke and Michael Van De Elzen. The win­ners of the auc­tions were all thrilled with their prizes.

At the end of the day we saw more peo­ple at­tend than ever be­fore, tripled last year’s money to­wards the school and most im­por­tantly got a chance to show peo­ple a lit­tle bit of what Rangiuru School is all about.

A huge thanks to all those that con­tributed to the suc­cess of Rangiuru School Coun­try Fair. We look for­ward to see­ing you all next year.

Rangiuru School’s Coun­try Fair was a great suc­cess.

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