Home expo draws huge crowd

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - DAISY HUD­SON

Elmo, Dora the Ex­plorer, and the blue Plun­ket teddy bear were among thou­sands of pun­ters who checked out the Ti­maru Herald Home and Liv­ing Expo over the week­end.

Or­gan­is­ers are thrilled with at­ten­dance at the three-day event, with more than 3600 peo­ple head­ing to the South­ern Trust Events Cen­tre.

It marked a 40 per cent in­crease on last year’s show- with more peo­ple ar­riv­ing through the door in the first hour and a half on Sun­day than dur­ing the whole day last year.

Or­gan­iser Nick Symis­ter said the team be­hind the show was ‘‘re­ally happy’’.

‘‘The big­gest thing for us is that all the stall­hold­ers are re­ally happy,’’ he said.

That was also high­lighted in the num­ber of stall­hold­ers who had al­ready ex­pressed an in­ter­est in next year’s show.

‘‘We’ll be run­ning it again, we’ve al­ready had a num­ber of stall­hold­ers ask­ing us to jot them down for the next event. ‘‘It’s been a huge suc­cess.’’ Symis­ter said ideas around how to make the show even big­ger and bet­ter were al­ready be­ing bandied about.

‘‘We’re think­ing about how we can grow it, how we can bring some of the smaller op­er­a­tors on board.’’

There was a steady stream of peo­ple head­ing into the sta­dium for most of the week­end, with many choos­ing to have a look af­ter Satur­day sport had fin­ished at the grounds and courts next door.

There was plenty for peo­ple to see and do at the expo, from snap­ping a selfie with the car­toon char­ac­ters wan­der­ing around in the crowd, to check­ing out the more than 70 busi­nesses from around Can­ter­bury and all over New Zealand.

Few left empty handed, with plenty goodie bags and free­bies on of­fer. En­try was via gold coin do­na­tion, and all money raised on the door will go to Ti­maru Plun­ket.

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