Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to grow

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Orig­i­nally the fes­ti­val con­sisted of wine and food stalls and live per­for­mances from mu­si­cians through­out the day, but in re­cent years sev­eral new com­po­nents have been in­tro­duced. A street mar­ket was in­cluded be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of Pro­mote Dun­stan’s sum­mer mar­kets in Clyde. About 20 stalls lined the street in 2004 and that num­ber has grown to more than 70. An art ex­hi­bi­tion was added to the pro­gramme in 2004 with the Dun­stan Ma­sonic Lodge al­low­ing the use of their his­toric build­ing for the ex­hi­bi­tion. En­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren was in­cluded with var­i­ous at­trac­tions such as a bouncy cas­tle, mini-jeeps, face paint­ing, and more re­cently a bungy tramp. Into the equa­tion has also come a waste min­imi­sa­tion pol­icy, a bank, and in 2009 a spe­cial­ist food prod­ucts mar­ket was added. Most of these prod­ucts are made or pro­duced in Cen­tral Otago. The fes­ti­val could not be held with­out the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents who ac­cept the crowds, the noise and closed roads. The en­tire his­toric precinct of Clyde is closed to all traf­fic from 7am to 7pm on Easter Sun­day. Lo­cal busi­nesses take part in the fes­ti­val. Res­i­dents and busi­nesses help the fes­ti­val by al­low­ing food stalls to plug into their electricity sup­ply.

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