Geraldine summer fete just ahead

17:00, Sep 24 2010
Deanna McKenzie and Olivia Connor
IN THE MIX: Deanna McKenzie and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Olivia Connor practice baking, ready for the Geraldine Summer Fete.

In just a few weeks, the Geraldine Summer Fete will make its debut.

One of the organisers, Deanna McKenzie, said the fete was something her mum Min McKenzie had always wanted to do.

"We thought, well let's just do it. It's been in the pipeline since November last year. It's massive actually. When we first started we thought, oh have we taken on something we can't handle."

But with her help of her mum and Geraldine women Anna Wilson and Abby Shaw, the fete has become a reality.

It will be held on Thursday, November 4 at Stover Farm, the home of Deanna's parents, and will feature more than 70 stalls.

Stallholders will travel from as far as Dunedin and Amberley, and there were even some heading down from the North Island.


On offer would be a range of items, including women's clothing, lifestyle gifts, garden accessories, plants and food.

There is a $10 entry fee. A Geraldine band will provide the entertainment for the day.

Deanna McKenzie said proceeds from the fete would be donated to Geraldine St John, Geraldine Lions and Hospice South Canterbury.

While some people had confused the fete with the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival, which will be held from November 12 to 15, Deanna said the fete would attract a different crowd, being on a Thursday.

"We have hand-picked our stalls. Our setting is also different – we have great views of the mountains."

She said the organisers had received great support from the community and family and friends in helping them "achieve this milestone".

The Timaru Herald