Everyone loves a good festival!
This year the Blossom Festival Committee has worked hard with our event manager, Martin, and our community to produce an event designed to meet the community’s aspirations, balance its books and benefit the community. Community groups and committed individuals have been working industriously on float designing and building, vehicle preparation and parade logistics, community projects and events, park site preparation and management, Festival Princess and Senior Princess events, Mardi Gras and Around the Clock race, amongst a myriad of other activities. It is certainly the time when people are called on to ‘do their bit’! Blossom Festival Committee members and I give huge and heartfelt thanks to all of you who are committed to making our own special Festival happen this year. This year we’ve had a change in rules for float construction. I’m anxious to make sure we keep our ‘blossom’ element whilst at the same time moving with where people are. There are new and different materials, technologies and stories. We must work hard to maintain the traditions of the festival parade and stay meaningful to all parts of our community and all ages. The ‘ back to basics’ thinking implemented by the committee when the event was under stress is still driving the festival. These elements are, good quality entertainment, plenty of quality activities for children and with children throughout the day, ensuring things are affordable, where possible engaging with local businesses and local community groups and recognising community and individual effort. I think it will knock your socks off! Have fun!
It is the 56th anniversary of the Contact Alexandra Blossom Festival and it’s great to see the level of interest we have this year from the community. Some of you may recall that a couple years back the festival went through a rough patch and our community came close to losing such an iconic event. Fast forward to 2012 and the festival is now flourishing and we’re keen to do what we can to help make this year’s festival a success. Speaking of which, our schools promotion is back by popular demand, which means all Central Otago primary school pupils will get a free carnival ride or ticket to the Contact Saturday in the Park event, also sponsored by Contact. Plus we’ll be continuing our support of the Grand Procession street parade and, of course, let’s not forget the Contact float that will be available for the Senior Queen contestant and her two attendants during the parade. The festival is a great way to kick the
winter blues and celebrate transition from winter to spring. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our town so I look forward to seeing you all there. After all, everyone loves a good festival!
Graham Quinn Generation Manager, Hydro