Tasman Leader : January 16th 2014
NEWS Quaint country fair a bit of old New Zealand By ALASTAIR PAULIN hubcaps were all popular items at the 38th annual Pokororo Craft Fair last Sunday – but the star attraction was the stunning Motueka Valley location. The fair at a picturesque domain in the heart of the valley drew holidaymakers from all over the region. Christchurch woman Donna B Frame has been holidaying in Mapua for the past 10 years and said that every year she would see the sign for the Pokororo Craft Fair and wonder where on Earth Pokororo was. This year she decided to find out and brought her friends Sue Smith and Claire Howison with her. The three women loved the fair. ‘‘It’s really quaint, like an old country fair. It’s gorgeous,’’ Sue said. Melissa Edge from London was staying with in-laws in Stephens Bay and brought her young children after she saw signs for the fair. Jane Jelley, an Englishwoman who has summered in Nelson for the past 24 years, was snapping up plump blueberries grown just across the river from the fair and enjoying the country atmosphere. ‘‘Look at this scenery. It’s a bit of old New Zealand, isn’t it?’’ she said. Blueberry grower Jude Heath said the summer rain had made lueberries, woodwork, garlic braids and slide guitars made out of old Vampires beware: Joy Coggins from J&J Naturals in Dovedale with the braids of garlic she is selling. THE TASMAN LEADER, JANUARY 16, 2014 5 Getting the blues: Jade Heath, 12, sells a punnet of blueberries to Jane Jelley from Nelson. for perfect growing conditions for blueberries. ‘‘It’s been swelling them up and we’ve been doing as many markets as possible to sell them fresh.’’ This year she has started pro- ducing a blueberry concentrate using leftover berries and said she could not produce enough to keep up with demand. ‘‘People are drizzling it over icecream or mixing it with vodka and soda or just soda for a refreshing drink,’’ she said. John Dixon attracted a throng of intrigued listeners as he demonstrated the three-string slide guitars he makes out of either old hubcaps or cigar boxes. A fan of blues music, he said had been inspired by a Louisiana musician he saw online who was Photos: ALASTAIR PAULIN making slide guitars out of shotguns, double-headed axes and old petrol cans. The Pokororo Craft Fair was only the second market where he had sold his guitars. English tourist Keith Panting bought one that featured Holden and Vauxhall hubcaps. A bass player in a band, he was looking forward to learning how to play slide guitar and hoped the guitar would ship safely home. Fair organiser Robert Brooks was thrilled the forecast rain stayed away and said the fair featured 75 stalls. The fair raises funds to help maintain the Pokororo Hall and the Pokororo Women’s Club was serving tea and scones with jam and cream to fundraise for a defibrillator for the valley. Summer reflections: Dougal Merriman, 3, left, examines himself in a mirror as Rowan McFadden, 6, and dad Luke Merriman look on. Rawhide: Will Wilding, of Queenstown, during the second division bareback at last year’s Richmond Rodeo. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK Rodeo entries a record By ALASTAIR PAULIN Cowgirls and cowboys will bring their Western skills to the Richmond A & P Showgrounds this Saturday. A record 170 competitors have thrown their hats in the ring for open and second division events like the 8-second bullride, bareback riding, roping and tying, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Richmond Rodeo Club secretary Tine AngusPhyn said most competitors were travelling from Canterbury or beyond for the event and volunteers from neighbouring clubs, such as Reefton and Canterbury, would be on hand to help out. Local kids can get the taste of dust by entering the sheep or calf ride competitions with entries accepted on the day between 11.30am and 12.30pm. There will also be food stalls, a lolly scramble, amusement rides, Western memorabilia and raffles. A portion of the gate takings will go to the NelsonMarlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust. GUARANTEED BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN NELSON Standard features include • Engineered Rib Raft slabs • Tested Zog framing to Magnitude 9 • Thermally broken double glazed windows 5837023AA • Ultra line Gib board to all internal walls • Stone kitchen bench tops • L.E.D downlights CALL ERIC, CHRIS OR MIKE 03 543 8100 SHOWHOME NOW OPEN 3 MAKO STREET, RICHMOND, NELSON VISIT WWW.GOLDENHOMES.CO.NZ TO FIND YOUR NEAREST SHOWHOME FIND OUT FROM THE EXPERTS WHY MORE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING A STRONGER, SAFER, HEALTHIER GOLDEN HOME NEW SHOWHOME NOW OPEN!
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