It is full steam ahead this Labour Weekend as the Great Little Train Show returns for another year.
The show runs today and tomorrow at the Surrey Park badminton halls in Invercargill.
Model trains, cars, boats and dollhouses will be on display in the two badminton halls. Outside, there will be trains for children to ride on, and radio-controlled car races to watch.
The event is organised by the Southland Society of Model Engineers whose president, Greg Fordyce, said it would be "a great family day out".
The train show is one of several activities on offer around the south.
About 150 trucks will take part in the annual Southland Truck Parade tomorrow, travelling down Bond and Tweed streets from 1pm.
Organiser Mark Purdue said the parade was a chance for the transport industry to show off "new gear and new technology".
The trucks would begin lining up to be judged from 10am, and a prizegiving would be held at the Newfield Tavern following the parade.
Also being held this weekend is the Invercargill Fire Brigade 150th birthday celebration. An open day would be held at the Jed St station from 10am to 3pm today with fire fighting demonstrations and a sausage sizzle.
In Te Anau, attention will be turned to the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic. The competition will run all day today and tomorrow morning, with a special children's event to be held today.
For the artistically-minded, two exhibitions showcasing local artists and their work will be held in Manapouri and Fiordland over the long weekend.
The Manapouri Art Group's annual exhibition will be held at the Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn from 10.30am each day, and the Fiordland Arts Society will be running a Multimedia Art Exhibition at the Te Anau Club.
Markets would also be held on Saturday at the Glengarry Shopping Centre in Invercargill, and at the Fiordland Community Centre in Te Anau.
Andrew Voerman is a journalism student at SIT.
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