Organisers of several live events will be encouraging people to rug up and head to the marquee in Medway St the weekend after next.
The Freeze Ya Bits Off busking finals and The Warratahs live have been organised through the combined efforts of the New Zealand Songwriters Trust, Gore District Council, Mataura Licensing Trust and the Thomas Green.
A marquee outside the Thomas Green in Medway St will host both events.
Gore District Council events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said last year’s Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking finals were held outdoors and it was extremely fortunate it did not rain.
“But we can’t count on that, of course.
“To have the marquee this year takes the pressure away re the weather,” Ms Carle said.
The busking finals and street party are free events and begin at 2.30pm on Saturday, June 1.
They would be “straight after the truck parade”, Ms Carle said.
Thomas Green manager Roz Taylor said she was thrilled to have the marquee available over the two days.
“It becomes a family-orientated event. After the truck show there are a lot of folk in town. We encourage them to head down to the Thomas Green for mulled wine, seafood chowder, soup, oysters and a non-stop barbecue.
“It has a real street party vibe.
“This way the whole town gets involved. It is a central location supporting the retailers as well,” Ms Taylor said.
New Zealand Songwriters Trust chairman Jeff Rea said that on the back of last year’s success, partnering with the council and the Thomas Green this year was exciting.
“It is great to have The Warratahs back in town.
“With the marquee we can accommodate more people.
“It will be a great night’s entertainment on the Friday, and perfect for the Saturday busking finals,” Mr Rea said.
MLT board member Alan Byrne said it was awesome to see the event organisers working together.
“We’ve been behind these events from day one,” he said.