Special surprise for Bluff's big weekend

KIMBERLEY CRAYTON-BROWN
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012

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The final bits and pieces are being put together ahead of an action-packed weekend in Bluff, with the events starting on Saturday with the Skatejam competition and a 20th birthday.

The Bluff Maritime Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday for the birthday function, and Museum Trust chairwoman Jan Mitchell said a very special surprise would be unveiled.

The museum would open again from 1pm on Sunday and the public would be able to check out some new museum exhibits, including the old light from the Centre Island lighthouse off the coast of Riverton.

The light had been in storage since 1987 when the lighthouse was de-manned, and would be part of a new exhibition at the museum put together especially for the 20th birthday.

Mrs Mitchell, who is also the chairwoman of the Bluff Community Board, said the events complemented each other.

While invited guests are celebrating the museum's birthday, novices and pros alike will be showing off what they can do on a skateboard, BMX, or scooter at SIT Skatejam.

Promotions officer Lindsay Beer said the competition at the Bluff skate park was for people of all abilities.

Free buses would run from the Southern Institute of Technology main campus but bookings would need to be made at the SIT bookshop, he said. Entries for the competition could also be made at the bookshop.

The event would also feature art and photography competitions, and there would be activities such as facepainting, Mr Beer said.

On Bluff Hill the mountainbikers will be showing off their skills, with the Southland Mountain Bike Club holding the mountainbike single speed championships from 2pm.

To end the weekend bargain hunters can check out the Monster Garage Sale at the Bluff Town Hall on Sunday, with doors opening at 10am and gold coin entry.

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