Nelson Leader : April 18th 2013
22 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 18, 2013 NEWS Having fun: Valerie Sirett serving on the craft stall. New friends: Daniel and Christopher Bayley and Joshua Smith-Clare, back, admire the scarecrows at the Hira country fair. Old-fashioned church fair By PHIL BARNES With a step to the right: Bruce Bell and Jo Hatton enjoyed some olde tyme rock'n'roll. Old time driving: From left, Harriet Benvin, Tiana Simpson and Femka Droppers-Cowan, all 7, go for a ride in Colin Gregson's 1928 Austin 12-4. Dark Moon Morris: Nelson Morris dancer Kate Olsen. Country chef: Peter Johnson was kept busy on the barbecue. Keeping traditions alive: Concertina players Chris Hall, left, and Andrea King. Traditional country fair attractions such as old-time games, vintage car rides, craft and produce stalls, music, dancing and Devonshire teas attracted a bumper crowd to St John s Church s biennial fair last Saturday. Co-ordinator Jan King said the fair had so far raised $4600 for the church although this figure could increase to as much as $5000 when final figures were tallied. This compared with $3000 when the fair was last held two years ago. There was definitely quite a lot more people, she said. Some of the popular attractions included rides in a 1928 Austin 12-4 or a 1972 Corvette, old-time games like catch the rat, and giant wooden versions of Connect 4, crafts, face painting, music by a variety of musicians and dancing by the Nelson Morris group Dark Moon Morris. It was just a nice traditional old-time fair that people enjoy, she said. The fair also marked the 125th anniversary of St John s and a harvest festival service was held at the church on Sunday. Jan said the church was packed for the occasion. She said church members brought a large amount of fresh and tinned produce to the service and this was donated to the Loaves and Fishes organis- ation which provides free lunch- time meals for people in need at the All Saints Anglican Church in Vanguard St, Nelson.
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