Festival market expands for 2017
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.