Storm hits fes­ti­val funds

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Or­gan­is­ers would be meet­ing next week to dis­cuss this year’s fes­ti­val and look into cre­at­ing a plan if there was a re­peat of the weather at next year’s event. ‘‘I don’t think we’ll break even. I’m def­i­nitely ner­vous,’’ she said. ‘‘It was a real test to those who still came to the event and wanted to sup­port it,’’ she said. Pas­sion for Fash­ion, the Po­lar Plunge, the trol­ley derby and the duck race events were suc­cess­ful but be­cause of the rain, con­certs by Don McGlashan, Jody Direen and 1 Drop Na­tion in Pem­broke Park be­come a mud patch. How­ever, those who at­tended made the most of it and were splash­ing around in the wa­ter and danc­ing, Ms Mor­ri­son said. An­other Labour Week­end event, the Speights Per­fect Woman, at­tracted crowds as they watched the 15 hope­fuls com­pete to take home the ti­tle. The women com­peted in events in­clud- ing clay bird shoot­ing, jet boat driv­ing, rab­bit skin­ning and open­ing a bot­tle of beer with a chain­saw. The event was won by In­ver­cargill’s Ge­orgina Gal­loway who said the $1000 cash prize would go to­wards a jet boat. It is a fit­ting choice, con­sid­er­ing it was Miss Gal­loway’s prow­ess at the helm of a jet­boat dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion that meant she stood out from other com­peti­tors. ‘‘I’m pretty sure I smoked all the other girls,’’ she said. Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Stew Burt agreed. ‘‘She was the only one in the com­pe­ti­tion who re­ally knew what she was do­ing (driv­ing the jet­boat),’’ he said. Mr Burt said Miss Gal­loway also ex­celled at clay bird shoot­ing. ‘‘She wasn’t quite so good at the fem­i­nine things, but she was a good all-rounder,’’ he said. ‘‘We had a lot of com­peti­tors from South­land this year. We only had one from north of Waitaki, which was Seven Sharp re­porter Brodie Kane.’’ Mr Burt and his late wife Liz started the com­pe­ti­tion in 2002 and pro­ceeds from the event went to the Can­live Char­i­ta­ble Trust to as­sist peo­ple with can­cer in Cen­tral Otago.

In­ver­cargill woman Ge­orgina Gal­loway, cen­tre, with her sup­port­ers Sam Faulks, left, and Mikaela Ma­son dur­ing the Speights Per­fect Woman com­pe­ti­tion in Wanaka at the week­end.


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