Daisy Filby is happy with her haul at the annual Founders Book Fair. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Nelson’s biggest book bash

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More than 12,000 people are expected to flood through the gates of Founders Park for the region’s biggest book bash.

Mountains of books from every genre imaginable, magazines, records, puzzles and DVDs were up for grabs in the thirtieth annual Founders Park Book Fair which kicked off on Saturday.

Hundreds of literary lovers lined the Founders Park entrance as young and old stormed through the gates on the hunt for bargain books.

Head coordinator Karen Clark says the “spectacular” event has grown from its humble beginnings in a garage to one of the highlights on the Nelson events calendar.

“There is still a very strong demand for reading which is great.”

Karen says there are 40 to 60 more banana boxes brimming with books than there were at last year’s fair.

It is hoped more than $100,000 will be raised over the nine-day event.

Karen says funds raised will be used towards upgrades for Founders.

“It’s a lovely combination of the community,” says Karen.

She says bookworms from all over New Zealand make the annual trip to Nelson for the book fair.

“There are people here from Taupo to Invercargill that come back year after year to buy books.”

She says the fair would not be possible without the many volunteers, the public or their donations.”It’s amazing that people hand their books over and they are happy knowing the money will be coming back into the community.”

James Stirling from Nelson says he was happy to get books about dinosaurs and monster trucks.

The nine-year-old says he loves to read and there were lots of cool books to choose from.

Founders Annual Book Fair runs from June 2 to June 10, from 10am to 4.30pm daily.