Sunday 1st March 2020 10am-3pm

Join us for the 2020
Swannanoa Country Fair
You won't want to miss it!

This amazing community event attracts thousands of people from all over the South Island. What began from humble beginnings is now one of the most popular and fun days in the regional event calendar!

  • Craft and trade stalls
  • Kid zone with games & rides
  • Plant and produce stall
  • Massive white elephant sale
  • Live auction
  • Classic car display
  • Delicious food & refreshments
  • All day entertainment
  • A great day out with your family and friends

The fair is a major fundraiser to help support Swannanoa School.

At Swannanoa School we are proud that every cent raised at the Swannanoa Country Fair goes directly towards raising student engagement and motivation and making school a great place that children want to be at!

This year the majority of funding will go towards the creation of an outdoor learning area. It will include an amphitheatre supported by an outdoor interactive play area, musical instruments, scented garden, water feature and live hedges, shade, creative pathways and other ideas from our students and community.

Other funding will go towards a teacher aide to help students who need that little bit extra.

Three of the School's Strategic Goals as set by the Board of Trustees are based around Well Being, Community Links and Innovation. We want our children to have a balance of the Head, Heart and Hands. Cognition, our brains grow with connections. Physical, through sensory, play, touch, music, games. Building Relationships through interacting. All of what we do in our school is about making the learning irresistibly engaging, student centred, promoting agency and developing character, citizenship and creativity.

The outdoor creativity area meets all of the above strategic goals, plus the children are excited about having input the design.

Kids Zone

Kids Zone - proudly brought to you by KidsBase.

This year we have a massive Kids Zone within the fair grounds with a huge range of activities for all ages. There'll be a bouncy castle, jeeps, pony rides, horizontal bungy, dunk tank, face painting and lots more.

Rural Zone

We are excited to announce Waimak Young Farmers, Angus Gunn of Top Gunn Lifestyle Services Ltd and Chris Watts of Watts Agricultural Contracting And Sandblasting are joining forces to bring the "Country" back to the Swannanoa Country Fair. There will be demonstrations, farm machinery, kids activities and much more to check out on the day. 

White Elephant

Be early for the Monster White Elephant sale, which is a must for those seeking a bargain. Follow us on Facebook for drop off times if you have items to donate.

Live Auctions

Live Auction - proudly brought to you by Bayleys.

Our live Auction takes place in the centre ring at 12.00 pm.  Auction items will be listed on the website when confirmed. Please note there will be no Credit Card facilities available on the day, Eftpos and Cash only. 

Fun HQ

Fun HQ will be set up in the middle of the domain with all their popular inflatables, including their new 95ft obstacle course and paddle boats. Be sure to check them out!

Delicious Food

Food Market - proudly brought to you by Mandeville SuperValue.

Our school families and community prepare and sell all of the food available on the day, with a wonderful selection of food to tempt the taste buds, including sausage sizzles, wraps, sandwiches, salads, sushi, hot dogs, hot chips, ice creams, candy floss along with cold drinks, tea and coffee.

Make sure you visit our cake stall too, which is always extremely popular with its array of delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and treats.

School Plant & Produce Stall

Our plant stall will be selling a wide selection of beautiful perennials, hedging and native plants. They are all locally sourced plants which thrive in Canterbury conditions. Our plants are priced to go on the day so come and fill your garden for a bargain! Our produce stall will feature lots of fresh local produce for sale grown by Swannanoa School families and the local community. From free range eggs, nuts, vegetables, jams to chutneys and bottled goods. If you'd like to donate produce please get in touch via email


With a fantastic range of rides, games and live entertainment throughout the day you can be sure it will be a great day out at the Swannanoa Country Fair. To keep up to date with main stage entertainment be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Classic Cars

Our Classic Car display was very popular in 2019 and will be back in 2020. From old classics to the latest of sports cars there is something to admire for any car enthusiast, young or old.

Registrations are open for our Car Display. Do you have a rare, interesting, classic, special car or motorbike of any era? If you’d like to display your pride and joy at this years fair or would like more information, please contact Steve Williams on 021 22 99 316 or by email to


Craft & Trade Stalls now SOLD OUT for 2020

View Stallholders


View our fair map diagram for 2020


Please show your appreciation for our wonderful  sponsors so far for 2020! If you are interested in  sponsorship opportunities please let us know!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Enquiries

Check out our gallery from previous years