Fes­ti­val mar­ket ex­pands for 2017

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

An event cel­e­brat­ing art and plants in Geral­dine has grown con­sid­er­ably since it first started 29 years ago.

Geral­dine Arts and Plants Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man John Rule said the ori­gins of the fes­ti­val weren’t well known, de­pend­ing on who you spoke to.

‘‘I sus­pect it started on what they used to call the Vil­lage Green,’’ Rule said.

‘‘It was just a few stalls. That was be­fore the Vil­lage Inn was there.’’

The event had ‘‘grown’’ dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 29 years to what it was to­day – a much larger af­fair which at­tracted a good crowd.

This year the com­mit­tee had ar­ranged for there to be no park­ing al­lowed on the sec­tion part of Tal­bot St that the fes­ti­val was held on, Rule said.

The com­mit­tee had also planned the stall lay­out so that on Fri­day’s boule­vard day the stalls would faced to­wards the foot­path and stores, which meant there was more room for more stalls, Rule said.

‘‘That’s opened that up quite con­sid­er­ably,’’ he said.

There were 109 stall hold­ers at the event in 2016 and this year there would be 134.

‘‘The shop­ping public will get a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The Fes­ti­val be­gins at 7.00pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16 with the open­ing of the Arts and Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion, held at Geral­dine Pri­mary School Com­mu­nity Hall on Wil­son St.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til 3pm on Sun­day, and will fea­ture a mix­ture of pho­tos and art­works put to­gether by artists from all over New Zealand.

Pho­tos and art­works will be judged, with win­ners pre­sented an Alpine En­ergy Art Award.

On Fri­day, at­ten­dees are in­vited to en­joy live mu­sic for free dur­ing the boule­vard day, and on Satur­day there will be more free en­ter­tain­ment and a mix of stalls set up at the Mar­ket Day at the do­main.

Some of the mu­si­cians to per­form at the event in­clude lo­cal tal­ents Kaylee Bell, the Drama Queens and Pseudo Sane.

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