Ev­ery­one loves a good fes­ti­val!

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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

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