Vikings prove a hit on market day
National Viking Day markedLARA HITOS
Dannevirke's annual Labour Weekend market has a new theme after being overtaken by Vikings.
Organisers hailed Friday's National Viking Day a success, despite poor weather potentially turning some people away.
The day involved a market along High St, with 44 stalls and people dressed as Vikings.
Dannevirke's market day is held every year around Labour Weekend. This time the organisers, Dannevirke's Chamber of Commerce, changed the festival's name.
"We decided to revitalise the day by calling it National Viking Day," organiser Sue Berry said.
Ms Berry said Dannevirke shops did well on the day. Blockbuster manager Ann Shore said: "We have some really good specials and people take advantage of them."
The market brought about 2000 people into the town, some from Hawke's Bay since it was the region's anniversary holiday.
"I've been coming down to the Viking market for the last 20 years," said Lucy Hiscox, of Waipukurau, who did almost all of her Christmas shopping yesterday.
"The atmosphere is wonderful, with all the Vikings around."
There was also a Viking pie competition, with entrants required to produce a suitable offering. "We've got nine entries, some of them quite original, such as a Viking-ship pie," judge Jim Molloy said.
Dannevirke's Ken Mitchell won the best-dressed Viking competition, collecting a $100 shopping voucher.
But it was not all about doing business - some community groups took the opportunity to do their bit, including Dannevirke South School, whose supporters sold raffles and baking to raise funds.
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