Remember, remember, the fifth of November

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A good dose of sunshine and a wide variety of stalls could be the recipe for another successful Rhododendron Festival.

The annual event is hosted by the Southland Rhododendron Group and this year will be held at the Gore Gardens on November 5, starting at 10.30am.

This would be the 24th festival, convener Jayne O’Neill said.

The usual children’s favourite, the bouncy castle, would be there along with a host of food outlets and stalls.

About 50 stalls had registered for the day and more were expected, Mrs O’Neill said.

“If I get 60 I’ll be quite happy.”

Stalls would include those selling products from coffee and sushi through to clothing, jewellery and woodwork.

Stallholders were coming from throughout Southland and Otago, she said.

Organising committee member Beverley Brookland said there was a good range of stalls at the festival.

“We’ve got the brass band playing,” Mrs O’Neill said.

“There’s always continuous music.”

There would also be a variety of other entertainers performing on the day.

A selection of nurseries would also have plants for sale, she said.

Among organisations to be represented would be the Gore and Districts SPCA and the Red Cross.

Mrs O’Neill described the festival as a community family day out.

“We’ve got all manner of arts and crafts.”

“It’s iconic in Gore now – everyone knows it happens.”

Devonshire teas would be served in the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church hall, organising committee member Shona Forbes said.

A selection of work from Riversdale artist Christine O’Connor would be displayed in the hall as well as the traditional bloom display, Mrs Forbes said.