The St Bathans Village Fete has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2004.
In its first year, the event, hosted by the Cambrians-St Bathans branch of Rural Women New Zealand, attracted people from far and wide wanting to catch a glimpse of the arts and crafts of seven stalls.
The fete, which will boast more than 50 stalls, will return to the town’s green on Sunday.
Secretary Margaret Jones said the event started out as a platform for local community groups to raise money and awareness of their activities, but has since become much more, with the inclusion of other quality stalls, entertainment and food vendors.
She said education and awareness remained a strong focus of the event, which will this week feature a display on ‘‘being predator-free’’.
‘‘There will be traps on show, information [and] advice, including a fun activity to get your children involved in pest control.’’
Profits from the fete were always returned to the local community wherever there was a need, she said.
Groups that had benefited in the past include St John First Response Omakau, the Old Whitehorse Hotel project, St Bathans Area Community Association and the St Bathans School Bus Trust.
The event will mark the end of an era for stall convener Rebecca Calder, who will step down from her role this year.
The fete will take place on Sunday, from 10am to 3pm.