Havelock North said goodbye to winter and hello to a colourful spring yesterday with its annual fair, entertaining villagers with crafts, sports and live music.
Despite a few showers, hundreds attended the Hawke's Bay Today-sponsored event on the Havelock North High School and Intermediate fields.
Musicians from both schools graced the stage, performing classical and modern songs, as people enjoyed the many fresh produce and gourmet food stalls.
Boutique traders from around Havelock North also arrived with their arts and crafts, including hand-made jewellery, gardening equipment, books, Maori art and weaving, and innovative products from school students.
Spring Fair convener Chris Sanders organised an iWay Junior Bike Buzz Obstacle Course for children aged 4-12 years.
His 10 obstacles were set up around the muddy fields and included steps, bubbles, and stations to test dart and ball throwing skills.
A five-man team bike polo match was also available for the more adventurous, where riders hit a ball with hockey sticks in a version of the traditional sport.
The Hastings District Council gave away spot prizes to the bike polo and obstacle course competitors throughout the day.