For Immediate Release
The township of Wainuiomata experienced record numbers for the annual Rural Fest this past Saturday with both locals and visitors coming from all over the region to experience a taste of "country come to town".
The organisers of the annual event put on a spectacular day for all ages in the Queen Street Reserve, with sheep sharing and dog agility demonstrations along with pony rides, old fashioned country games and a country market. "There was a real country atmosphere inside the community hall with fabulous stalls, music and the singing of traditional Maori songs along with face painting provided by the Wainuiomata Playcentre" said event market organiser Sally Godfree.
Good old fashioned kiwi tucker was available from food vendors along Anzac Way and the Wainuiomata Art Exhibition at the local library also attracted a busy stream of visitors during the event. Local food vendors "Super Donut Hero" were pleased at success of the event and expressed a keen desire to attend next year.
The nostalgic sand saucer and bake off competitions proved popular for entrants of all ages with stunning creations from both young and old alike. Certificates were awarded to the winners and smiles abounded while celebratory photographs were taken of the recipients at the end of event prize giving.
Organisers were both pleased and a little surprised at the steady flow of visitors all day to Rural Fest and visitors were at times hard pressed to find nearby parking space.
Rural Fest Wainuiomata is organised by a steering group which includes members of the Wainuiomata Rural Community Association, The Wainuiomata Community Hub and other members of the community. The committee will meet in the coming days to debrief Saturday's event before setting a tentative date for 2019.
More information can be found at www.ruralfestwainuiomata.com
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Photographs: Dan Taylor
For additional photographs of this years event please see our gallery at https://www.ruralfestwainuiomata.com/gallery.html