Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers to make a re­turn

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HATTAN

Mata­mata, pre­pare senses blasted.

The date has been set for next year’s Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers.

The pop­u­lar com­mu­nity event, which has been run­ning for around 40 years, is sched­uled to take place at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre from April 20-23.

Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers pres­i­dent Gay­lene Lee said al­though the event is held ev­ery three years and is a big un­der­tak­ing, every­thing was com­ing to­gether well.

The fes­ti­val’s theme will be Na­ture to Art. Gay­lene said the fes­ti­val and the cre­ations on dis­play are all about telling a story. ‘‘It’s not a dahlia in a jam jar, it’s craft. It’s so im­por­tant that it’s seen as that,’’ she said.

Those in­volved will be putting to­gether courts based around the theme for the main hall. There will then be a walk through the sym­po­sium in the foyer. The Tainui Room will also be a feast for the eyes and nose. ‘‘It’s up to the in­di­vid­ual. Ev­ery­one thinks dif­fer­ently. I think that is the beauty of the fes­ti­val be­cause you get a wide range of

to have your ideas,’’ Gay­lene said.

Gay­lene said they have al­ready re­ceived great sup­port from the com­mu­nity and the town’s busi­nesses. Flo­ral art groups from around the Thames Val­ley area will also be in­volved, in­clud­ing Putaruru, Katikati, Thames, Waihi, Mor­rinsville and Mata­mata.

The com­mit­tee do need help with a cou­ple of things, though.

They would love to hear from any­one who can of­fer stor­age to the group af­ter next year’s show. The Me­mo­rial Cen­tre base­ment, which cur­rently holds floor­ing, stands and court pan­els, will be un­avail­able. The stor­age space would need to be pest free and dry.

They have also mis­placed a street ban­ner and two fence ban­ners which are pos­si­bly be­ing looked af­ter by a gen­er­ous mem­ber of the pub­lic. The fence ban­ners weren’t used at the last show in 2013, so could pos­si­bly have been in a shed for five or six years. Gay­lene would also love to hear from any­one who would like to cre­ate a dis­play as part of next year’s Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers.

Can you help with stor­age or do you know where the fence ban­ners are? Give Gay­lene a call on 888 6491.

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