Evento canned for 2018

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Front Page - CARLY THOMAS AND SAM KILMISTER

Long-run­ning Feild­ing High School fundraiser and wear­able arts ex­trav­a­ganza Evento is be­ing canned next year, but or­gan­is­ers say it will be back.

The wear­able arts show has been run­ning for 21 years and the or­gan­iser for the past 10, Amanda Street, said it was time for a break.

From hum­ble begin­nings in the high school hall, the show grew in pop­u­lar­ity, mov­ing to Man­feild Sta­dium in front of an au­di­ence of 2000 peo­ple.

It started as a fundraiser for the school from the par­ent teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and was de­signed as a way for stu­dents to turn their sewing skills into a per­for­mance.

But as the show grew, so did the time and ef­fort it took to put it to­gether. The fo­cus shifted from rais­ing money to stag­ing a re­gional event show­cas­ing the tex­tile tal­ents of stu­dents from sev­eral schools.

‘‘We needed to de­cide how to keep it go­ing, how to move it for­ward and make it work with a much smaller com­mit­tee,’’ Street said. ‘‘We de­cided that we need a year off so that we can ac­tu­ally go out and do things with our fam­i­lies and re-charge our bat­ter­ies.’’

Street had talks with the school prin­ci­pal Martin O’Grady, spon­sors and Man­feild, where the event has been held for the past seven years.

It was sug­gested Man­feild step up and take a big­ger role in its man­age­ment, but its chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Keane said that would spread re­sources thin.

While the park’s trust was will­ing to of­fer more help and sup­port, it wasn’t in a po­si­tion to step into event man­age­ment.

Keane said Man­feild would wel­come Evento’s re­turn in 2019 with open arms.

‘‘There’s a lot to pull to­gether and it would have been a tough, tough ask to step up to that re­spon­si­bil­ity,’’ she said.

‘‘Amanda was par­tic­u­larly re­spect­ful when she rung to tell us. We re­spect that life is life and they have fam­ily com­mit­ments. It should al­ways be fam­ily first.’’

Street said the same ded­i­cated com­mit­tee mem­bers had run the event for sev­eral years and los­ing key mem­ber Michelle Wil­son meant it would have been tough to get Evento 2018 up and run­ning.

‘‘Michelle has been amaz­ing, so ded­i­cated for so many years. But she needs a break and we need new peo­ple to come in and step up. It is a year-long com­mit­ment and it means that you are tied to be­ing here once it gets rolling.’’

Street said peo­ple would be dis­ap­pointed, but Evento would be back in 2019 ‘‘re­freshed and bet­ter than ever’’.

‘‘We talk about the Evento fam­ily all the time, and that’s what it is, and that’s what we hold in­cred­i­bly dear. We want to con­tinue it but we just need an Evento fam­ily hol­i­day.’’

A short-term so­lu­tion ahead of next year couldn’t be reached.

Feild­ing High School prin­ci­pal Martin O’Grady did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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