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What a week­end! Not just the crowds en­joy­ing the Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures with its in­au­gu­ral na­tional Food Truck Face Off, but Fri­day night saw Arena’s Pas­cal Street Sta­dium packed to the scup­pers for Sol3 Mio.

On a smaller scale, Sum­mer Shake­speare launched The Merry Wives of Wind­sor al­fresco in the Es­planade, and a sea­son of mu­si­cal Sweeney Todd opened in the Abbey Au­di­to­rium.

Ori­en­ta­tion was in full swing. Yes­ter­day saw In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day in The Square with its pic­nic and danc­ing.

There’s no let up this week ei­ther. The cir­cus is com­ing to town; Boys’ and Girls’ High open their pro­duc­tion of Happy Days ; there’s Feild­ing High School’s pro­duc­tion of FAHS War Years; a ma­jor dance com­pe­ti­tion; and the in­va­sion of Feild­ing for the Celtic Ceilidh by 45 na­tional pipe bands.

With au­tumn ap­proach­ing, ev­ery­one seems dead set on squeez­ing ev­ery avail­able drop from the last of Manawatu’s vin­tage sum­mer wine.

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