Venue to be busy in March

BRIDGET RAILTON IN GORE
Last updated 14:39 24/01/2013

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An attempt to avoid the bottleneck of events taking place around Southland in February has caused two popular events to be rescheduled for not only the same date, but at the same venue.

The Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival and the Young Farmer Otago/Southland regional final are both booked in for March 23 at the Southern Field Days site at Waimumu.

But it might not be bad news.

Young Farmers regional convener for Otago Southland Pete Gardyne said the double booking could actually work in both events' favour.

"It (the festival) might fill the gap between our competition and the evening show.

"It's not ideal, obviously, but we're working through it."

Moonshiners' Festival committee spokesman Jim Geddes agreed, saying "It's not a big deal really, it's a huge site."

Geddes agreed it was a little ironic that in an attempt to avoid the February bottleneck, the two events both rescheduled for the same day and the same venue.

"You're always going to get events happening on the same day."

Ticketing and entry logistics shouldn't be an issue, with the site being large enough to have multiple points of entry, he said.

He sees the bright side of the situation.

"It might encourage people to have a look at both events."

Southern Field Days committee chairman Mark Dillon, who together with the committee is responsible for site bookings, said the 60 hectare site would handle the two events.

"We are trying to grow it as more of an event venue, we'll take note of it (for the future)."

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