Smurfs, princesses charm festival crowd
Smurfs, princesses and hobbits entertainCHE BAKER
Smurfs, hobbits and mad hatters at a tea party were all part of the entertainment during the 57th annual Alexandra Blossom Festival grand procession on Saturday.
About 10,000 people lined the main street of Alexandra to get a glimpse of the parade featuring trucks, vintage cars, tractors, stilt walkers and motorbikes.
The nine competitive floats wowed the crowds with their vibrant colours and attention to detail as they floated by with waving princesses.
The biggest prize of $2000 - the People's Choice award - went to the St Gerard's School "smurfs" float.
It was also awarded the Best Floral float.
Blossom Festival committee chairwoman Clair Higginson said the smurfs float received 1424 votes - over 400 votes more than any other float - and proved to be the overwhelming favourite.
Event organiser Martin McPherson said about 7000 people packed into Pioneer Park after the parade to soak in the sun and enjoy the entertainment by the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra, the Sequin Sisters and displays from sword swallowers, magicians and other circus acts
"The weather has been great. The feedback on this year's festival has been overwhelmingly positive. It's just been brilliant," he said.
Alexandra Youth Forum princess Cara Wiffen, 18, was named the 2013 Festival Queen, with Mel Gaul named the first runner-up and Sarah Hesson the second runner-up.
The judges said Miss Wiffen's involvement in the community made her the clear winner.
Miss Wiffen, the chairwoman of the youth forum, said she wanted to be a princess to become more involved in the festival.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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