Cash, chickens and cakes at school Ag and gala day

Raffle prizes worth more than $2000 will be up for grabs at this year’s Mangawhai Beach School Ag and Gala Day, which takes place between 9am and 1pm on Saturday, October 20.

The top prize is $1500 cash from developer Mangawhai Central, with a $500 fishing rod, reel and accessories package and a $200 Home and Leisure prize for second and third places.

Tickets will cost $10 each, or $20 for three.

There will be a few changes at this year’s event. Chickens and lambs will replace calves and lambs in the Ag Day section, due to cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, and the plastic pails, usually used for the gala’s bucket raffles, are being replaced by reusable, recycled bags made out of dog food sacks.

The school is also adding new categories to its baking competition, which was launched in 2017 just for cakes, but was such a success that organisers have decided to expand it to include savoury items as well this year. There are four categories altogether – Adults Sweet, Adults Savoury, Kids Sweet and Kids Savoury. Prizes have been supplied by two local businesses, Dizzy Lizzy’s Milk Bar and Pit’s Kitchen, and all entries must be submitted to the school office on Friday, October 19 or by 8am on the Saturday morning at the latest.

This year’s event will also feature music and entertainment, bric-a-brac, a garden stall, rides, stalls and a wide variety of food and drink.

Funds raised at previous galas have contributed to new classrooms, playground equipment, gazebos, artificial turf, shade sails, teacher aides and other class resources.