Animals out in force for Tapora School Agricultural Day

Rabbits, dogs, budgies and a rooster joined lambs and calves for the Tapora School Agricultural Day on September 14.

In addition to the animals, visitors could also enjoy a plethora of fun activities including a hot sauce eating competition, face and nail painting and a sponge throw.

Tapora Principal Keryl Lee says good weather contributed to a good turn-out and an “absolutely awesome day”.

Every pupil at the school attended with their families, except for two who were sick. Their numbers were bolstered by preschoolers and visitors.

Ms Lee welcomed the return of the calves this year. They were banned last year due to fears of spreading Mycoplasma bovis. This year they were permitted after strict controls were placed on their movements.

Ms Lee thanked sponsors and families for their support – particularly parents who rang around and secured more than 70 prizes for a fundraising raffle. The top prizes included $2000 worth of plastering and painting, $800 worth of holiday accommodation and $700 worth of digger and transport hire.

Ms Lee says it’s yet to be decided how money raised at the event will be used, but one possibility is to help pay for the installation of a raised running and cycling track around the perimeter of the school field.

She says boggy conditions prevented the field being used for two terms last year, and this made it difficult for children to train for cross-country events.