New Caro­line Bay en­ter­tain­ment lauded

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS - Mark Quin­li­van

Or­gan­is­ers of the Caro­line Bay Car­ni­val are tak­ing stock of an­other ‘‘suc­cess­ful’’ event de­spite at­ten­dance lev­els be­ing down on pre­vi­ous years.

Caro­line Bay As­so­ci­a­tion en­ter­tain­ment man­ager Kevin Fa­hey said over­all par­tic­i­pa­tion through­out the car­ni­val – which runs for 15 days from De­cem­ber 26 to Jan­uary 13, had pleased or­gan­is­ers.

It fin­ished on Sun­day with The David Bowie Tribute Show – fea­tur­ing ac­claimed Bowie im­per­son­ator David Brighton, while Satur­day fea­tured AC/DC tribute act NZ/DC.

Fa­hey said it had been a busy car­ni­val de­spite at­ten­dance num­bers be­ing down on pre­vi­ous years. He said poor weather in the lead up to the car­ni­val may have con­trib­uted to lower crowd num­bers.

‘‘We had a good con­cert each night, and the crowds have been rea­son­ably good. We found that the in­come over­all has been on the in­crease each day, but cer­tainly the num­bers haven’t been as large as some years.

‘‘Peo­ple may have de­cided they might do some­thing dif­fer­ent, but the num­bers prob­a­bly aren’t too dif­fer­ent, but cer­tainly those that have been here have still spent some money.’’

Fa­hey said they were ‘‘very pleased’’ with how the car­ni­val had run over­all. ‘‘I think the peo­ple have liked the new en­ter­tain­ment that we’ve had a line up for, there’s been some new artists here this year, and we’re re­ally pleased with how that’s gone.’’

This year’s mu­si­cal line-up in­cluded a range of bands and per­form­ers from South Can­ter­bury, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, and Amer­ica.

‘‘It was a busy one,’’ Fa­hey said. ‘‘We had a great Fri­day night and Satur­day was ex­cep­tion­ally busy.’’ New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve were of­ten the two most sup­ported days of the car­ni­val, he said.

‘‘We’ve got ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing New Year’s Eve ... and then ev­ery­body comes back on New Year’s Day, peo­ple want­ing to start the new year come down and see what’s hap­pen­ing at the bay. This week­end has also been hugely busy with the AC/DC and the David Bowie tribute, be­cause there’s been a lot of talk and a lot of peo­ple want to come and see it, and that was ev­i­dent and ob­vi­ous on Satur­day night by the crowd that we had here.’’


Bianca Ewart, left, Nataliya Stroganov, and Caleb Ewart en­joy the fer­ris wheel at the Caro­line Bay Car­ni­val on Satur­day.

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