IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Aidan Condon gets in the driver’s seat of a truck at the Stoke School Truck and Market Show at the A&P Showgrounds in Richmond on Saturday. Eighty trucks were on display at the show, which helps raise money for the school. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Truckloads of fun at Stoke School fundraiser

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It was a trucker’s paradise in Richmond at the annual Stoke School Truck and Market Show on Saturday.

Families flooded the A&P Showgrounds to get a glimpse of an 80-strong fleet of trucks ranging from waste disposal to war vehicles.

Stoke PTA member Melanie Edwards says they were on target to significantly exceed 2017 attendance.

“Last year we had 1400 and we passed that number.”

The sixth annual Stoke Truck Show also featured the greatest number of trucks on display in its short history. “We had just over 80 trucks, including some modern to classics.”

Stoke students entertained the crowds with performances from the choir, kapa haka and orchestra. “They were fierce and fabulous.”

Melanie says the event is always a highlight on the Stoke School calendar.

“When it was brought up in assembly all the kids started cheering.”

She says it is a fantastic opportunity for kids to get up close with trucks.

“We have really made this event our own.”

Kate Bennett was painting faces to raise money to fight child cancer.

Kate will take on the Tongariro Crossing next month to raise further funds for the cause.

She says tigers were the most requested animal for her to paint.

This year’s fundraiser also included a market stall section for the first time where there were crafts, produce, food and vintage toy cars and trucks.