Not too late to enjoy the last one

There are plenty of NZ-made crafts on offer at this year’s Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair – teddy bears included. Photo: supplied.

The Waihī Beach Art & Craft Fair has been running for 20 years this year and organiser Colleen Low says it’s time to say farewell.

“Twenty years ago my friend and neighbour Trish Coates and I decided we would have a go at organising an art and craft fair, given nothing like this existed at the time.

“We booked the Waihī Beach Community Centre and ran the fair for 20 years.

"After so many very successful fairs, this year will sadly be our last one,” says Colleen.

The fair began as predominantly art-based but has shifted over the years to mostly New Zealand-made crafts.

Colleen says it has always had a “must be NZ-made” criterion and this has led to some amazing local products.

“We have been amazed at the variety of skills and beautiful products that have packed out our fairs.

"This year is no exception with a completely full hall again and so many new stallholders.”

So, this King’s Birthday weekend, head to the Waihī Beach Community Centre to see some of the amazing New Zealand-made wares for yourself.

This last, not-to-be-missed Waihī Beach Art & Craft Fair is on Sunday, June 2, from 10am-3pm. It will be held entirely indoors, so there’s no need to worry about the weather.

“Grab the family or some friends and come down for a bite to eat at the on-site cafe and browse the amazing goods on offer,” Colleen says.

Entry is $4 per adult and children are free.

Eftpos is limited, so people are encouraged to bring cash.

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