Clouds clear for 23rd rhodo festival

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SIMON.KNYVETT

@theensign.co.nz

After a hazy start the sun came out for the Rhododendron Festival at the Gore Public Gardens on Sunday.

The festival, being held for its 23rd year, attracted a good crowd who soaked up the sun, checked out garden and craft stalls, ate food and listened to some music.

Festival organiser Shona Byars said the committee was immensely pleased for how the day was run and the support they had from the community.

Greens... Mother and daughter team Anne and Brianna (11) Wilson of Gore check out some plants at the Rhododendron Festival on Sunday. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT
Greens… Mother and daughter team Anne and Brianna (11) Wilson of Gore check out some plants at the Rhododendron Festival on Sunday. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT

“We had really good crowds come through, we estimate there would be about 1000 people but we would have no way of knowing,” Mrs Byars said.

The festival had about 60 stalls this year with stall holders hoping to comeback next year.

Crowned... Livy Barnett (6) of Gore gets her face painted by Kids Start's Diana Abercrombie.
Crowned… Livy Barnett (6) of Gore gets her face painted by Kids Start’s Diana Abercrombie.

“I have had a few emails letting me know thgey are happy and hoping to comeback next year as well as people with no stall making enquires for next year,” she said.

She said there was a wide range of stalls available to satisfy the public.