Petone's perfect record broken

Last updated 05:00 04/08/2014

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After eight years, the Petone Winter Carnival's perfect record of never having to postpone came to an end.

But thankfully yesterday's weather was in stark contrast to Saturday when powerful winds and rain meant a 24-hour wait for those attending the carnival.

Hutt City Council city events coordinator, Rebecca Travers, said despite the postponement it was estimated at least 50,000 people had turned up throughout the day.

"We've had a spectacular day, the wind has really lifted for us, we've even had sunshine," she said.

The fire sculptures, built on the foreshore during the day, also benefited from a drop in the wind when they were lit at 6.30pm. A fireworks display followed to close the event.

Taita resident Maria Mosquera, 11, spent the bulk of her time at the festival with friend Nenah Colville, 10, seeking thrills on the Scream Machine ride.

The pair were not satisfied with just one attempt, going back to scare themselves four times.

"I'd probably give it a nine out of 10, I've never been on anything like that before," she said.

After exhausting their supply of adrenaline Maria spent the rest of the time at the fun house and "eating lots of food".

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- The Dominion Post


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