Saturday in the Park
Pioneer Park is the place to be after the grand procession, with the Contact Saturday in the Park ensuring a fun and vibrant afternoon will be on offer for everyone. The family afternoon extravaganza will be packed with things for young and old to do, and everyone has a chance to vote for their favourite float in the ‘‘Best Float’’ competition. On the main stage, from 1pm, there will be non-stop entertainment, including bands and live acts. Between 3.30-4.15pm there will be a break from the entertainment while this year’s Festival Queen and winning floats are announced and the official Festival week speeches are held. On the children’s stage, between 1-4pm, there will be a mix of magic, aerial shows, puppets and clowns. Within the park, there will be a vast array of food and drink, while talented local artists and craftspeople will showcase their works. circuit since she was four years old; and Shannon Cooper-Garland, who was voted Southland Entertainer of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2009.
is also set to take on the international country music industry with the best she’s got. She is determined, hardworking and the real thing when it comes to being a country music star. ‘‘My music is ultimately influenced by modern American country, but with my own unique touch. The lyrical side of things definitely relate mostly to my experiences in New Zealand.’’
is an award-winning penny farthing rider who loves to promote his own unique skills at festivals and events all over the country. He was privileged to represent New Zealand internationally and was New Zealand’s penny farthing champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
is New Zealand’s most versatile variety act – unicycling, juggling, balloon twisting, balancing – you name it, he can do it. Watch out for Shad on stage and roving out and about.
the magic guy has featured at the festival for many years and always brings something new. Come see him on stage with his mystifying magic and illusions.
brings with her a special blend of acrobatics, contortion and hula hooping. She’s sure to brighten up the day with her ’Street Circus Burlesque’.
is back. Be stunned by his many unusual and stupefying acts – sword swallowing, bed of glass and human blockhead. Be prepared to be amazed and amused.