Annual Event | Market
The Martinborough Fairs were the brainchild of members of the Greytown Rotary Club, and in 1977 the first fairs were staged in Martinborough with just 35 stalls.
Today such is the reputation of the fairs that demand for stalls exceeds the space available, and more than 25000 people flock to Martinborough from Wellington and the Wairarapa, and busloads arrive from New Plymouth, Wanganui, Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay.
The basic philosophy behind the Fairs has changed little since 1977.
The Fair objectives are still to:
* give craftspeople a chance to display and sell their wares
* give Wairarapa charities a chance to raise funds from a wider range of customers that they usually have
* provide the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa with funds to give to charities,
especially those in South Wairarapa, and with special emphasis on the provision of opportunities for young people.
The Martinborough Fairs provide a focus to publicise Martinborough, the South Wairarapa, and the Rotary Club