Taihape is heralding the start of spring on Friday with a happy event.

As well as a joyous Daffodil Day, the spring market, a whanau hobby hut and a community BBQ this year is the introduction of a baby animal fair.

The Annual Spring Fling Taihape will include a variety of community events from Friday until September 7.

Businesses celebrating the Spring Fling will have decorated shop windows with the public invited to choose a favourite and the one they feel looks the most like spring has arrived.

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As part of promoting fun and participation in Taihape the planned week of Spring Fling includes a Baby Animal Fair where youngsters can bring along their young pets to take part in fun competitions.

Taihape Vets will judge on the day.

Animal Fair Schedule:

11.00am: Animals Arrive
11.05pm- 12pm: Lamb events; leading, calling and feeding.
12 Noon - 12.30pm: BBQ and sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation to the Taihape Museum.
12.15pm - 12.30: All other animals will be judged.
12.30pm - 12.45pm: Prizegiving.