Drive a digger at country show

The chance to operate a real digger to look for buried “treasure” will be one of the highlights at Kaipara Flats School’s annual Country Show Day this Saturday, November 3, between 10am and 2.30pm.

Principal Debbie Hamer says there will be a mini-excavator on site and children will be able to sit on it and dig for prizes themselves – under strict supervision, of course.

The always popular parade of students leading young animals they have reared will again take place, although this year it is a lambs only affair, due to cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis keeping calf showing off the agenda. Similar vigilance is being applied to last year’s hit attraction, Cowpat Bingo, which is being replaced this year with Pony Poo Bingo.

The Puhoi Axemen, who train at Kaipara Flats, will be putting their backs into a woodchopping display and Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade will be providing fire engine rides. There will also be a speed shearing competition with prizes from Rabobank, plus a range of rides and activities to keep the kids amused.

People are being encouraged to bring their own bags for goodies from all the stalls, or they can buy reusable fabric shopping bags made by parents and PTA members, in a bid to keep the event as plastic-free as possible.

Stalls will be selling preserves, “mystery jars”, books, toys, children’s clothes, bric-a-brac, plants and produce, while students from Years 5 and 6 will be running their own stalls and activities to fundraise for upcoming school camps at Clevedon and Campbells Bay. Pupils will be making items to sell, including natural dyes and tie dye T-shirts, organic produce, slushies and lemonade, as well as running various sideshow games and activities.

There will also be a silent auction and a wide range of food, including oyster and mussel fritters, fish tacos and curries.