Storm hits festival funds
Organisers of the Willowridge Wanakafest said this year's ''gumboot event'' is unlikely to break even.
Downpours of rain, wind and a spring snowfall throughout Labour Weekend meant stall holders had mixed sales and not as many people as hoped turned out for some of the events.
Event manager Laurel Morrison said: ''We were definitely left feeling like we were battling the elements.''
This year's event cost $170,000 to run and the income from the event would be known in two to three weeks.
Up to 50 per cent of the income from the event was from selling items such as wine and beer glasses at the Lake Wanaka Wine and Food Festival and unfortunately the weather deterred many event goers, Ms Morrison said.
Organisers would be meeting next week to discuss this year's festival and look into creating a plan if there was a repeat of the weather at next year's event.
''I don't think we'll break even, I'm definitely nervous,'' she said.
''It was a real test to those who still came to the event and wanted to support it,'' she said.
Passion for Fashion, the Polar Plunge, the trolley derby and the duck race events were successful because of the rain, concerts by Don McGlashan, Jody Direen and 1 Drop Nation in Pembroke Park became a mud patch.
- The Mirror
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