Thousands raised for new hall

Photos: Wanaka Sun


Volunteer firefighters Ethan French, Tamati Gurau-Reynolds and Sam Jenkin were first out of the gate in the Hobby Horse Derby at Hawea Flat School’s country fair on Saturday. The three Lake Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigade crew members were however pipped at the post in a dramatic finish which saw outside chance Raihania Chadwick (far right) “come out of nowhere” to clinch victory.

Hundred of people attended Hawea Flat School’s fourth country fair on Saturday, November 24.

The event, held every two years, featured a range of activities and entertainment including live music, the inaugural Hobby Horse Derby as well as real-life pony rides, Devonshire cream teas, plus the students created lots of handmade goodies to sell.

Five teachers were dunked in the school pool from a specially constructed “dunker”, and the fair ended with a silent auction

“The PTA was absolutely stoked with the school fair on Saturday, the weather was beautiful, no wind or rain until 2pm which was just fine,” HFS Parent Teacher Association member Emily Sancha said.

About $15,000 was raised on the day which will all go towards the new school hall.

Pictured: Tasmin van Riel sang “Echo”, a new song written by her aunt Anna van Riel.


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