Timaru Festival of Roses another success, organiser says

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Fiona Pierce and her colourful blooms at the Timaru Festival of Roses Market Day.

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Fiona Pierce and her colourful blooms at the Timaru Festival of Roses Market Day.

While there were a few firsts and several challenges, the 18th Timaru Festival of Roses was a success, its organiser says.

Great weather meant about 3000 people turn out for festival events at the weekend, including a night market and a market day. Newly introduced gardening and photography workshops also piqued the interest of the public.

A hailstorm the week before the festival opening appeared worse than it actually was as far as the roses went, festival director Chris Thomas said.

At the Timaru Festival of  Roses market day, from left, Amanda and Elizabeth Stoat, 10, talk to plant vendor Fiona Lister.

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At the Timaru Festival of Roses market day, from left, Amanda and Elizabeth Stoat, 10, talk to plant vendor Fiona Lister.

“The impact on the rose garden from the damaging hailstorm was much less than expected with loads of colourful blooms in the gardens.”

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The biggest challenge was co-ordinating the town’s Christmas Parade coinciding with the Sunday Market Day, he said.

Ivy Faigan, 2, of Timaru, draws on rocks at the Timaru Festival of the Roses market day at Caroline Bay on Sunday.

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Ivy Faigan, 2, of Timaru, draws on rocks at the Timaru Festival of the Roses market day at Caroline Bay on Sunday.

The Christmas parade was usually held on the Saturday but there was a date clash with the Temuka parade so it was moved to the following day.

By closing the port loop carpark to the public, Thomas said marshals managed to corral Santa and his sleigh to the Caroline Bay Soundshell where hundreds of children awaited his arrival and the ensuing lolly scramble.

“It worked out well in the end.”

Rhonda Morgan, left, Joy Burt and Elva Toshach, of Timaru, enjoy the music at the market day on Sunday.

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Rhonda Morgan, left, Joy Burt and Elva Toshach, of Timaru, enjoy the music at the market day on Sunday.

A highlight was the third year of the night market on Saturday where crowds of South Canterbury residents and visitors kept the food vendors and craft sellers busy through the evening, he said.

Thomas said next year he would try to come up with an enhancement for the market as crowds waned at about 9pm and he would have liked to see them stay longer.

“After 18 years the festival continues to deliver a great community event,” said Thomas.

The Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden was the stage for Aidan Theatre's Shakespeare Collectives Twelfth Night at the Festival of Roses over the weekend.

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The Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden was the stage for Aidan Theatre’s Shakespeare Collectives Twelfth Night at the Festival of Roses over the weekend.

He has already started organising next year’s event.

Festival winners:

Baby Buds photo contest

1st – Finley Williams, 2nd – Hadlee Johns 3rd – Hudson Rooney, Votes in the Bay Hall – Mila O’Brien

Shop Window Display Competition

1st Floral Harvest – Timaru, 2nd Unichem Stafford Street Pharmacy, 3rd Kiwinana, People’s Choice – KidStuff Timaru.

Best Dressed Stall at the Market Day

The Rusty Stagecoach

Dorothy Parker Trophy (Timaru Floral Art Group)

Gaylene Atwool

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