Thousands pack Newtown for fair

02:15, Mar 04 2014
Newtown fair
First-time stallholder Barry Church is selling beads and nick-nacks with his wife Maria Taumaa.
Newtown fair
Mum Jayce Beetham with milkshake-drinking brothers Mason Ayala, 8, and Zach Beetham, 3.
Newtown fair
The fair in full swing on Constable St.
Newtown fair
The crowd dance to the beat of the Balkhanistas.
Newtown fair
Tonisha Bennett and Chadwynn Tohu get a bit of dancing done.
Newtown fair
Stephen Templer and Shieva Norusian with their Sausage Circus Bicycle Sound System and box of curious delights puppet peep show.
Newtown fair
Tama Clemett, 3-and-a-half, plays guitar with his mum Emilly Clemett on trumpet as part of the Balkanhistas band.
Newtown fair
Edison Robinson, 4 looks inside the box of curious delights puppet peep show at the Newtown Fair. She says she saw a funny looking lady.
Newtown fair
James Meharry burns a vinyl record.

The sun is shining on Newtown as thousands of people spill into the Wellington suburb for its annual fair.

The Newtown Festival organisers expect more than last year's 75,000 people, who will have about 400 artists to entertain them and about 370 stalls to peruse.

Programme co-ordinator James Coyle said at 11am that Riddiford St was looking ''pretty packed'', with a relaxed and happy vibe.

''All the stages have people in front of them, and right from the opening ceremony we've had a great crowd. We're pretty happy.''

Mr Coyle said the site was slightly bigger than last year, so the team was confident confident they will be able to manage the increased numbers, with everything running to plan so far.

''No real hiccups. Just the little things that you'd expect ... Anything that has come up hasn't been a big deal and everybody's been able to deal with it. We've got a fantastic crew, so many volunteers - over 150 this year.''

Mr Coyle said the day's highlights would be Electric Wire Hustle and Lord Echo at 6.15 and 7.30pm, respectively.

The day's forecast is for fine weather in Wellington, with some cloud this evening and northerlies freshining.

Riddiford St will be closed to traffic until 8pm today, with buses and cars diverted through Daniell and Owen streets.

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