Bad weekend for fishing and flying

Last updated 12:00 21/04/2014

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Wild winds and heavy rain swept away two major Horowhenua Easter events.

Organisers of the Lift Off Levin hot air balloon fiesta were forced to ground the event after deciding flying and landing the balloons was too risky.

Twelve balloonists from around New Zealand were confirmed for the four-day festival, with five arriving to take part.

Flight director Denis Hall said there was no option but to cancel it and although the Levin Hot Air Balloon Committee had incurred costs due to the cancellation, he thanked sponsors for their support.

Foxton's annual Easter fishing competition was also reeled in early as heavy rain caused the Manawatu River to swell.

Normally hundreds would turn out for the competition, with anglers aged from 2 to 92 throwing out a line from the Foxton Beach wharf or from their boats in hope of getting the catch of the day.

But the wet weather couldn't dampen the generous spirits of the Manawatu Marine Boating Club, which runs the competition.

With more than $40,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, commodore John Haverkamp decided to keep the social side of the competition running and organised a raffle, meals and drinks, as well as giving away spot prizes, for the anglers who travelled to Foxton but couldn't cast a line. Organisers of both events hope the weather gods will smile on them next year.

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- Manawatu Standard

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