Get dressed up and steam off to the Mo­tat fair

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The power that built New Zealand will be on show at Mo­tat this week­end.

The in­au­gu­ral Great Mo­tat Steam Fair is set to show­case the mu­seum’s steam col­lec­tion. It will give vis­i­tors a chance to learn about the his­tory of steam power while get­ting to grips with it in a se­ries of hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mo­tat mu­seum di­rec­tor Michael Fraw­ley says fam­i­lies won’t be able to re­sist climb­ing aboard the mu­seum’s beau­ti­fully re­stored steam trains and steam-pow­ered trac­tion en­gines which will be giv­ing rides through­out the day.

If you’ve ever fan­cied try­ing your hand at coal shov­el­ling then you can put your team­work skills to the test at the fair.

There will be a cos­tume pa­rade through Mo­tat’s His­toric Vil­lage.

It will see steam­punks, cos­play­ers (peo­ple who dress up as a favourite char­ac­ter from his­tory or fic­tion), so­cial his­tory afi­ciona­dos and theatre-lovers strut their stuff in their best Vic­to­rian sci­encefic­tion out­fits.

Spot prizes will be awarded through­out the day for cos­tume orig­i­nal­ity.

‘‘We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come along dressed to im­press,’’ Mr Fraw­ley says.

Chil­dren will be able to trans­form them­selves into steam­punks by cre­at­ing their own gog­gles and top hats to take home.

Vis­i­tors will have ac­cess to Mo­tat’s re­stored pump­house and beam engine, au­then­tic steam lo­co­mo­tives, en­gines and rollers, while a team of vol­un­teers will be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions.

The Great Mo­tat Steam Fair will be held on Sun­day at Mo­tat, Great North Rd, Western Springs.

The fair is free with nor­mal ad­mis­sion to Mo­tat.

Steam­punk: Mo­tat’s His­toric Vil­lage will act as a back­drop for the fair’s Vic­to­rian science-fic­tion cos­tume pa­rade.

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