Crowds out for fes­tive vil­lage fun

Hastings Leader - - News -

Bouncy cas­tles, ma­gi­cians and street per­form­ers lined the streets of Have­lock North as the street car­ni­val burst into life on Satur­day.

Event man­ager Al­ice McKin­ley said at least 10,000 peo­ple, mostly from Hawke’s Bay, ven­tured out to take part in the fam­ily fun event.

Orig­i­nally known as Boule­vard Day, the Vil­lage Street Car­ni­val has been go­ing since 2014 and is about cel­e­brat­ing Have­lock North’s res­i­dents and thriv­ing busi­nesses.

From the Porter Ho­tel putting on dance classes for chil­dren and Ja­son Wawatai from Dogs on Bikes as MC, there was very little time for ap­a­thy throughout the day.

Or­gan­is­ers also teamed up with New World, al­low­ing chil­dren to get cre­ative and dec­o­rate su­per­mar­ket trol­leys be­fore they were pa­raded down Napier Rd.

No one went hun­gry as food stalls staffed by award-win­ning cafes, restau­ra­teurs and food trucks were also dot­ted along the streets so visi­tors could en­joy the lo­cal cui­sine.

McKin­ley said af­ter vil­lage res­i­dents were struck with campy­lobac­ter con­tam­i­na­tion in 2016, it was hugely dis­tress­ful time.

“Have­lock North had a bit of a hit, so there’s been a huge fo­cus to bring back pos­i­tiv­ity back to the area, get ev­ery­one to­gether as a com­mu­nity and just show­case all the great busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups,” she said. “There are so many in­cred­i­ble busi­nesses in Have­lock North which you wouldn’t even re­alise were based here and the car­ni­val brings these busi­nesses out into the open. You just don’t re­alise how much is go­ing on in such a small place.”

McKin­ley said the event’s pop­u­lar­ity was grow­ing, with more peo­ple putting up hands to help plan and or­gan­ise the event.

“So many peo­ple have come for­ward to help out this year. Last year we didn’t re­ally have much of that, so it’s just been awe­some to see peo­ple come out and make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“It’s just one day of the year where we’re able to pro­mote the vil­lage as a com­mu­nity rather than an in­di­vid­ual stall.”

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At least 10,000 peo­ple vis­ited the Have­lock North Street Car­ni­val last month.

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