Another Martinborough Fair rolls along

Martinborough Fair came and went for 2013 today. New Zealand’s biggest outdoors fair, it is held on the first Saturday of February and March each year. It’s been a success story since it kicked off with 35 stallholders in 1972. Now there more than ten times as many stalls and more than 25,000 visitors flood into town. The fair is run by the South Wairarapa Rotary Club and proceeds from stall space rentals are spent on regional projects as well as national and international Rotary programmes.

Below: three young people appear to be leading the throng out of the Kitchener Street stalls area. All eight streets leading into the Martinborough Square are packed with stalls, rides etc. Stalls are also around and inside the Square itself.

(Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.)

Crowd-1-MB Fair 2013

We’ve only gone to the Fair for about 15 years but even in that time the number of stalls has mushroomed. This is a good thing, because the crowd is spread out more. Previously, fair patrons were jammed together like sardines, often in stifling weather.

Crowd-2-MB Fair 2013 crop

Flower stall-MB Fair 2013

Flower stall2 MB Fair March 2013

Jewellery stall-MB Fair 2013

Knitters-MB Fair 2013

Black and white-MB Fair 2013

Some of us have to work…

Some of us have to work-MB Fair 2013

Age is no barrier:

Age is no barrier-MB Fair 2013

Port stall-MB Fair 2003

Tattoo painter2-MB Fair 2013

The Martinborough Rugby Club food stall outside Scotty’s butchery, is always popular.

Rugby Club steak sandwiches and customer-MB Fair 2013

Steak sandwich eater-MB Fair 2013

Dora Explorer-MB Fair 2013

Silver knicknacks attract-MB Fair 2013

Stallholder and customer-MB Fair 2013

The band-MB Fair 2013 crop2

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2 Responses to Another Martinborough Fair rolls along

  1. Peter MacGibbon says:

    Good weather for it and people seem reasonably happy

  2. Carey2 says:

    Great pics John

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