Social Sciences Fair set to deliver

Dipton school pupils Natalie Russell (11) and her brother Hamish (12) set up their Southland Social Sciences Fair entry Wool vs Nylon at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on Tuesday.

WITH more than 300 entries, this year’s Southland Social Sciences Fair is bigger than ever, chairman Lloyd Esler says.

On Tuesday, the projects, mainly presented on cardboard stands, were set up at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club ahead of judging.

Mr Esler said from what he had seen so far, the entries looked impressive.

“It looks good. It takes a wee bit to go through, but by the end of the week I’ll have seen them all.”

Entries from country schools were up this year, he said.

For Natalie and Hamish Russell, of Dipton, the topic of their research was easy to choose.

Growing up and helping out on their family’s sheep farm, they were keen to present why consumers should choose wool over nylon when looking at carpets.

“We want people to embrace wool because it’s a natural fibre,” Hamish said.

His sister agreed.

“Instead of using plastic, we want people using wool,” Natalie said.

Hamish said it was important people supported the wool industry as sheep farmers were not making enough money from the fibre to cover the sheep being shorn.

Mr Esler said he encouraged teachers from non-participating schools to come and have a look in the hope it would encourage them to convince pupils to take part in the fair next year.

The fair will be open today until 6pm, tomorrow from 9am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to noon.

Entry is free.