The St Bathans Village Fete has come a long way since its humble beginnings on the township’s tennis courts.
Just five stalls marked the start of the popular event, 16 years ago.
The annual fete, hosted by the Cambrian St Bathans branch of Rural Women New Zealand, has since moved to the town’s main street and village green to help cope with growing numbers among stallholders and attendees.
It returned to the town under sunny skies on Sunday, attracting another large crowd and more than 50 stalls, which featured a range of items including crafts and food.
There was also live entertainment and children’s games, while new on the agenda this year was a display about predator-free New Zealand, which proved very successful, secretary Margaret Jones said.
Overall, the event was a great success and the organising committee was ‘‘very pleased’’, she said.
‘‘It was a great day out.
‘‘Families were there — mums, dads, grandparents and lots of children, so it was very much a family and community day out and everyone was enjoying themselves.’’