Horses and Art Deco create Decoade

Major party for Ranfurly

EMMA DAWE
Last updated 13:07 12/02/2014
Cavalcade
KIM BOWDEN
Cavalcaders in 2012 finished up at Cromwell. This year the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust's cavalcade will finish in Ranfurly, Central Otago.

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Art deco, horses, wagons and cavalcaders will come together in Ranfurly later this month when the annual Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust's cavalcade hits town.

The cavalcade, which is in its 22nd year on February 22, is in time to be part of the town's annual Art Deco weekend.

Fittingly, this year's cavalcade is called ''Decocade''.Cavalcade co-ordinator Terry Davis said about 450 people would take in this year's event, which was slightly up on last year's number.

While the cavalcade had been going for more than 20 years, Mr Davis said it was still popular, and every year, there were a number of people taking part in it for the first time.

People were coming from Australia to be part of this year's event, he said.

This year there were nine trails making up the cavalcade - three walking trails, four riding trails, a light wagon trail and a heavy wagon trail - and most of them were now full.

There would be many cavalcaders taking part who have been part of most of the cavalcades, including Ranfurly identity David McAtamney, who, after having a break from cavalcades for the past few years, has decided to lead a trail since this year's cavalcade was in his home patch of the Maniototo.

Mr Davis said it was great the cavalcade was able to be part of an existing event - the Art Deco celebrations - and the cavalcaders, their horses and their wagons would take part in the parade beginning at 12pm on February 22.

Other events on offer during the Art Deco weekend will include a fashion parade, an art exhibition, arts, antiques and crafts markets and a hoedown on the Saturday night.

 

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