There was a sprinkling of drama, but Nelson's Home & Garden show went on.
Problems with a sprinkler system yesterday on the opening day of the three-day event at the Trafalgar Centre, led to two brief evacuations.
Stadium administrator Anne Beeching said the first occurred at 8.30am after a loading company accidentally "took out a sprinkler".
The second happened just before noon as a result of an unrelated fault.
Jade Promotions director and show organiser Daniel Joll said the evacuations did not affect a "really good turnout" on the opening day.
The 160 stalls, including the latest in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, building, and landscaping, were not affected other than having to leave the building for five minutes.
Stallholder, stone mason and sculptor Simon Starr said the show was a chance to display his "passion, my occupation and my pre-occupation."
Past buyers had kindly lent back works to help him promote his stall, he said.
With over 37 years in the business, he loved completing commissioned artworks but the majority of his income stemmed from onsite work such as stone work, fireplace work and pavement work.
"I love to make quirky things that mean a lot to people.
"With all due respect, all of that traditional stuff like the Koru is great but I personally get a real kick out of people coming to me and asking for specific things."
"I'm not one for mass production. I like to cater to people's desires."
All of his sculptors were made of Oamaru stone and created without any drills or special equipment, he said.
"I love the craftsmanship of using little chisels. If people realised how much work is involved they would be amazed."
His piece, The Anchor, took 40 hours to complete and included hours of strategic thinking to allow room for the making of the rope around the head.
The Home & Garden show, which also features seminars on topics as diverse as solar power and fruit trees, is on today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.
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