In the South
Tuatapere is preparing for a big weekend, with several events planned to keep the town buzzing.
Tuatapere's Hump Ridge is holding its "Stump the Hump", the annual fundraiser for the community- owned track.
The 62km walk starts at midnight tonight, with walkers leaving Rarakau car park and following the glow- torches to Okaka Lodge before heading down to Port Craig and then returning to Rarakau, in the hope of completing the walk within 24 hours.
Hump Ridge Track operations manager Malcolm Darlison said a record number of walkers had registered and the track was in good condition, drying out after the January rains.
"We have 236 walkers so far and a good, healthy supply of volunteers and if the weather plays its part we will all have a great weekend," Mr Darlinson said.
"We have plenty of activities planned at the start and finish lines, including spot prizes, music, helicopter rides, sport masseuses and barbecued food. We are all looking forward to a good event."
The Waiau Art Trail would have some of its nine venues open to the public today, with the main displays starting tomorrow.
Artists exhibiting their works include Kathryn Bennie, Alice Pottinger, Helen Scott, Helen Affleck and Wayne Edgerton.
Several locations feature including the RSA Hall, Waiau Valley Presbyterian Church, Gallery 65, Country Corner Crafts, Yesteryears Cafe & Museum, Art @ Eighteen, Last Light Cafe and the Tuatapere Play Centre.
The Lindsay & Dixon 75th Waiau A&P Show will also be held tomorrow. Show secretary Isobel Devery said entries were 'looking good' and there was a lot of entertainment lined up for all ages.
"We have the Wonky Donkey, water orbs, bouncy castle, petting zoo, old- fashioned games, Tui's Got Talent, and dog barking. That's just to name a few, as we try to cater for all ages and events that everybody will enjoy," Mrs Devery said.
The march would start at 2.30pm led by the Waimatuku Pipe Band and the Birchwood hounds and huntsmen.
A special ceremony with a cake would also be held to mark the 75th anniversary, and special trophies had been donated for the show, she said.
Tomorrow night, the Orepuki Tavern will hold its popular annual Speed Shear event.
Orepuki Tavern proprietor Alastair McCracken said top-grade shearers would compete and the evening was always entertaining for all ages.
"All competitors go into the draw to win the major spot prize and we can have between 25 to 35 shearers entering the event," Mr McCracken said.
- The Southland Times