Let springtime good times blossom
South Cantabrians will be able to come out of hibernation with a plethora of events planned for the anniversary weekend.
In Twizel tomorrow a GP Hydroplane - capable of doing 289kmh - will be screaming across Lake Ruataniwha as part of the Wings, Wheels and Water Airshow.
In Winchester on Monday the region will have its first Let's Celebrate South Canterbury Festival.
GP Hydroplane driver Raymond Hart admits to being a little nervous about his role in the airshow.
"[The plane] runs on 1850 horsepower and gets right up on the water and flies across it.
"I have raced cars before and taken part in jet sprinting but this is the most buzziest thing I have done. They are trying to organise a race with a helicopter."
Organisers were expecting a crowd of up to 15,000 at the third airshow, which includes marine craft, classic cars and motorcycles, military guns and vehicles and original earthmoving equipment from the Twizel hydro project.
Also feeling the need for speed will be hundreds of secondary school students, who will burn rubber at the Twizel Area School grounds as part of the South Island Grass Kart Championships.
Thirty-five schools will take part, using karts that can reach speeds up to 60kmh.
Wannabe morris dancers will be able to try out a beginners' workshop on Saturday at 2pm at the Geraldine RSA.
Also in Geraldine, the Academy of Performance and Arts will be holding an open day between 10am and 2pm at 79 Talbot St.
Spring will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday at the Timaru Horticultural Society Spring Show at the Caroline Bay Hall.
On Sunday Pleasant Point Railway will be letting off steam at its Steaming Day from 12:30pm to 4pm. Adrian Mann's giant Alexander piano will be played by concert pianist Georgina Zellan-Smith at The Shed at Alpine Farm, 28 Pareora Gorge Rd, at 3pm.
On Monday the Let's Celebrate South Canterbury Festival kicks off at the Winchester Showgrounds from 10am to 4pm.
Organiser Janine Sundberg said she hoped it would become an annual event.
"It is to celebrate South Canterbury's birthday.
"We worked out a lot of people stayed in the district."
The event will feature a market of more than 100 stalls and a programme of entertainment for young folk.
On Monday night, 70 music students from Cashmere High School Music will be giving a free concert at 7.30pm at the Sacred Heart Basilica.
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