Count­down to Quarry Fest

Bay News - - NEWS - By Car­men Hall [email protected]

The count­down is on for the an­nual Quar­ryfest nextmon­th­which will fea­ture all day live mu­sic and 93 craft and food stalls.

Apop­u­lar fam­ily event or­gan­is­ers say this year prom­ises to be an en­ter­tain­ment ex­trav­a­ganza and it was ama­jor fundrais­ing event for the Quarry.

Ian Calvert from the Beth­le­hem Te Puna

Lions Club which runs Quar­ryfest says its a real com­mu­nity ef­fort pulling it off.

“We have been in­un­dat­ed­with peo­ple want­ing stalls and seven bands and mu­si­cians will be play­ing at three dif­fer­ent venues on site. They are go­ing to be per­form­ing at the Am­phithe­atre, Carters Pavil­ion and on the Dragon Lawn. Alot of lo­cals have ba­si­cally given their time for free.”

In 2017 about $7000 was raised and Ian says the Lions were pleased to be in­volved­with the worth­while cause.

“We took it over about four years ago and its been go­ing for about 20 years and is a fan­tas­tic day.

The Quarry was run by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, he says with about 50 peo­ple work­ing tire­lessly two days aweek.

“They are amaz­ing so it’s good to be able to help them out, es­pe­cially af­ter their re­cent bur­glary were more than $40,000 of equip­ment was stolen. We are hop­ing this Quarry Fest­will fill some gaps af­ter in­surance and Craig & Co’s do­na­tion.

Quarry sec­re­tary Dul­cie Ar­tus said every dol­lar helps and “we al­ways need more­money”.

She says the first Spring Fes­ti­val was held in 2000 fol­lowed by the Quar­ryfest in 2006.

The Lions did an ex­cel­lent job she says, and it was look­ing for­ward to an­other fab­u­lous day.

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The Quarry Fest is a pop­u­lar cal­en­dar event.

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