Huge effort at Tartan Festival

Real family event in Te Anau

Last updated 10:18 21/04/2014
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Constable Dwight Grieve during the caber toss at the Te Anau Tartan Festival.

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Wearing the police tartan, Constable Dwight Grieve, of Highway Patrol, shows his strength in the caber toss.

Fierce men and women wearing kilts entertained spectators at the second annual Te Anau Tartan Festival.

More than 1000 people attended the festival, which celebrated traditional Scottish culture and included traditional strength events like caber tossing, sheaf tossing, a farmers walk and a rock carry.

Organising committee chairwoman Kirsty Pickett said the event was a real family fun event.

"We have an event called the farmers walk; competitors have to carry two drinks containers as far as they can. On the kids' course, one wee fellow carried his containers 50 laps, about 3000 meters, and actually had
to be removed from the course to give other kids a chance, " she said.

Pickett said they were lucky with both weather and volunteers.

"The demand is outgrowing our ability to run this, so we were so grateful to those that just showed up and
said 'give me a job', " she said.

 

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- The Southland Times

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