Agriculture days and rural school calf clubs will be popping up across Franklin this spring.
Franklin Local Board wants to encourage locals to check them out, not only to support the young people and schools involved, but also to take part in Franklin’s rural heritage.
Deputy chair Andy Baker says these days are historically important for schools and rural communities but also integral in showcasing animals many people may not have been up close to before.
"They are now not only great ways to bring communities together but also very important fundraisers for schools," he says.
"I remember well the hard work involved in getting my pet goat Bambi and later, Friesian calves, ready for the day and the fierce competition with my mates and my sister.
“As a local board we are proud of our rural heritage and that’s why we help fund the A&P shows. We also want to show our support for these smaller events.”
These events often include opportunities for children who have hand-reared a farm animal to bring it along for judging.
Pony rides, gumboot throws, bouncy castles, toffee apples, barbecues and cake stalls are other highlights.
Remember to bring a few dollars for raffles and arts and crafts.
Head to one of the upcoming agriculture days and rural school calf club events in our region:
- Mauku Country Life Day - 15 Sep
- Clevedon School Ag Day - 21 Sep
- Ramarama School Ag Day - 22 Sep
- Karaka School Ag Day - 22 Sep
- Ardmore School Ag Day - 26 Sep
- Aka Aka School Calf Club - 27 Sep
- Pukeoware School Pet Day - 28 Sep
- Puni School Country Day - 29 Sep
- Pukekohe East School Pets Day - 29 Sep
- Paparimu School Ag Day - 29 Sep
- Ararimu School Ag Day - 29 Sep
- Hunua School Ag Day - 27 Oct