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Smiles in the countryside

The 2020 Mauriceville Fair. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN

Karen Coltman

The long driveway into the Clarke Memorial Domain was lined with bunting as cars flowed into the annual Mauriceville Country Fair on Sunday.

A summer’s day set the scene for hundreds of people to meander among the many stalls set against tall shade trees.

A Wairarapa College band put out a few covers, and then the Emerald Brothers and Sue Dyson took the stage.

When people realised the excellent weather was staying for the day, more and more fairgoers sat down on hay bales with their food, and families enjoyed the picnic atmosphere.

Young children enjoyed the petting zoo and cuddled a week-old goat.

Chicks a few days old were also on display.

Pam Crudis’ stall had goods for sale to fundraise for her charge Levi Aplin to have a new bathroom.

He suffers from Coffin-Siris Syndrome, and Crudis wants to have a wet-floor bathroom for him.

Jacqui Turner was selling various second-hand goods to raise funds and awareness about her grandson’s struggle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a muscle-wasting disease.

Many other good causes and charities benefited from the spending done at the fair.

Mauriceville School pupils worked hard, running a busy kitchen to pump out lunches.

After a precarious year of covid-19 uncertainty, the pleasure to be had at a country fair was made clear by the exchange of smiles.

Many women wore their summer dresses and men shorts, hats, and sandals.

Not long after lunchtime, the band played ‘Snoopy’s Christmas’.

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