Storm hits festival funds
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.
MAKING THE GRADE