Kidzone Festival a sold-out success
The Kidzone Festival wrapped up yesterday and organisers are now looking at ways to add to it without it getting any bigger.
Director Laura Russell said James Hargest College's senior campus had reached capacity and they were looking at different ways to add to the ILT-sponsered festival.
This year's festival was about the same size as last year's event, but some of the activities had changed, she said.
In its eighth year, the festival had sold out every day for the first time, and it had sold out in advance so there had been no door sales this year.
There had been a stronger focus on recycling, with WasteNet and an environmental management student from the Southern Institute of Technology monitoring the various bins each day and preparing a report on what improvements could be made.
Recycling bins were provided throughout the event, food waste and scraps were to be collected by a worm farmer, and one activity made use of empty coffee cups by turning them into native seedling planters festival-goers could take home.
"We want to be leaders in this field in terms of events, and Kidzone is such a big one for Southland," Ms Russell said.
The event takes over the Hargest campus for six days each year, with 1800 tickets available each day, and close to 150 volunteers and staff members on site each day.
"It's massive," Ms Russell said.
Planning had already started for next year's festival, as well as the "extra special" 10th Kidzone to be held in 2014.
Her first time in charge, Ms Russell, who had always wanted to get into event planning, had "loved every minute of it".
"To get into something like this is my dream job, I have absolutely loved it. And I have had the best team and best support around me."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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