Party fever in River­ton

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

Mar­leen Adams and Iri Luke say the 2016 River­ton Twi­light Christ­mas Mar­ket is go­ing to be one of the big­gest mar­kets River­ton has seen in the past 10 years.

At least 60 stalls, en­ter­tain­ers and kids rides had al­ready signed up to the event. This was the third mar­ket the pair had hosted. Pre­vi­ous mar­kets were a Win­ter Twi­light mar­ket in July and the 2015 Christ­mas mar­ket.

‘‘This will be mas­sive, we have or­gan­ised to close the main street.’’

The mar­ket was part of a push to get more events and peo­ple in River­ton.

The town was a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion and had a lot to of­fer – it would be silly not to make the most of it, Iri said.

It was sad, but sev­eral pop­u­lar events such as the River­ton New Years party, which used to be the goto party dur­ing the hol­i­days, don’t run any­more, she said.

‘‘I used to go to them as a kid, they were great. Our com­mu­nity needs to work to­gether to bring peo­ple and events back to River­ton.’’

The 2016 River­ton Twi­light Christ­mas Mar­ket will run from 5pm to 8pm on De­cem­ber 9.

Dur­ing this time Palmer­ston St will be closed be­tween Napier St and Jetty St.

Mar­leen Adams and Iri Luke pre­pare ready for River­ton Twi­light Christ­mas Mar­ket.

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