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Wednesday March 14, 2018

Old fashioned knees-up at Aro Fair By Abbey Palmer

Barn-dancing and washing your own dishes were on the menu at the annual Aro Valley Fair on Saturday as part of a successful fundraiser for local schools. Aro Park transformed into a country-themed party with a

group of about 40 people who took part in step-by-step dances led by local band Faustians. Fair organiser Lexi Taylor says it was a good way for people to get to know their neighbours. “It was really relaxed and connected, [there was] a fair bit of romance in that as well.” About 5000 people browsed 80

ABOVE: Local indie-pop band Orange Farm wows the crowd at the annual Aro Valley Fair on Saturday. From left, Karen Apperley, Nigel Mitchell, Celia McAlpine and Vivien Reid. RIGHT: Arolympics organiser Stephen Templar (right) and Lexi Taylor (centre) get their knees up at the Aro Valley Fair on Saturday. Picture: Felix Desmarais. PHOTOs: Abbey Palmer

stalls, including the “Wash for Waste” station where fair-goers were able to wash their own plates, cups and cutlery. This was part of a “zero-waste” initiative, while children enjoyed the annual “Arolympics” competition. Aro Valley Preschool coordinator Johanna Kirsehner says the event raised $1000 from food

stalls, children’s activities and second-hand goods stalls. Aro Valley Primary School principal Sue Clement said they made a record-breaking $2000 by running a raffle, sausage sizzle, second hand

goods and a bake sale. Lexi thanked the volunteers, stallholders and performers, as well as the Wellington City Council whose funding helped make the event possible.


Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18

Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18