Festival fascinates flower’s fans

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Festival fascinates flower’s fans

Gore’s annual Rhododendron Festival was held on Sunday in the fine weather. The Ensign reporter Sandy Eggleston was out and about with her camera to record the event.

A good-sized crowed enjoyed a day out at the Gore Rhododendron Festival, convener Jayne O’Neill says.

The 27th annual festival was held in the Gore Gardens and St Andrews Church Hall on Sunday.

Mrs O’Neill said there was a great atmosphere at the festival.

“The ambience was lovely.. because the weather was nice and people had smiles on their faces,” Mrs O’Neill said.

“It was lovely to see.”

While numbers overall might have been down on last year, there was a steady flow of people mingling among the stalls.

The Invercargill Big Band and the Ascot Park Brass band added to the atmosphere of the event, she said.

It was fortunate the weather stayed fine.

“It was chilly early on but it didn’t rain and it didn’t blow.”

The organisers were grateful for the support of the Gore RSA Memorial Fund, Mataura Licensing Trust and Creative Communities Scheme.

Rhododendron flower heads were on display in the St Andrew’s Church Hall.