Home expo draws huge crowd
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.