Funny fes­ti­vals: Ohakune Car­rot Car­ni­val

Travel Bulletin - - LAST WORD -

Once a year the small, sleepy ski re­sort town of Ohakune, New Zealand holds a mas­sive street party in hon­our of its favourite veg­etable – the car­rot. The Ohakune Car­rot Car­ni­val is one of the main events on the town’s so­cial cal­en­dar and sees adults and chil­dren alike take to the streets dressed head-to­toe in car­rot cos­tumes in cel­e­bra­tion of their agri­cul­tural ‘roots’. To make way for rides, stalls and at­trac­tions, the city’s main drag is closed off to ve­hi­cles. There are veg­etable-themed games on the day such as sprout ’n spoon races, while home-bak­ing afi­ciona­dos vie for brag­ging rights in the Car­rot Cake of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. Fes­ti­val-go­ers are treated to free – you guessed it – car­rots, and prizes are handed out for the most cre­ative car­rot cos­tume. Ohakune is sit­u­ated 215 kilo­me­tres north of Wellington and 292 kilo­me­tres south of Auck­land. Vis­i­tors know they’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion when they’re greeted by the mas­sive car­rot mon­u­ment at the town’s en­trance. The Ohakune Car­rot Car­ni­val will be held next year on 4 June 2017.


Na­dia Wahab

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