Teaming of bands a festival feature

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The teaming up of the Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band with the band Triple Shot was one of the many highlights of this year’s Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival.

Organising committee member Jim Geddes said the combining of the two bands was greatly enjoyed by the crowd at the arts and heritage precinct.

The festival, held on Saturday, attracted about 900 people, Mr Geddes said.

“We’ve had more than that. We’ve had 100 more than that for Dragon [at the last festival],” Mr Geddes said.

However, organisers were happy with the number.

The weather was perfect for the festival which attracted many out-of-town visitors.

Mr Geddes said there were festival-goers from Northland, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wellington, the West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland and some from overseas.

Sauce, please . . . St Peter’s College netball players (from left) Trelise Reed, Molly King and Kiera Davis (all 13) show there is no short supply of sauce at the Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT

The feedback from visitors had been very positive,

“Everybody said we were so lucky with the weather.”

The main act, Diesel, was also a hit with the crowd, he said.

Recently relocated . . . South African couple Gary and Debbie Griffith-Smith become acquainted with the new local brew at the festival. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT

“It was great to have that headline act. A lot of people knew them from years ago,” Mr Geddes said.

Diesel had been touring and performing for more than 30 years.
Mr Geddes also paid tribute to the volunteers who helped ensure the festival ran smoothly.