Street fair can only grow

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 17/11/2012
Ella parker
DRESSED UP: The Hatters Gone Mad costume modelled by Ella Parker and created with the help of her friends Renee Cocking and Mollie Nicol, at the fashion parade yesterday.

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Timaru On Show can only grow from here, organisers of yesterday's event say.

The Timaru Retail Association's inaugural event, held between 10am and 7pm, brought Stafford St retailers out on to the street to create a market-style atmosphere. Entertainment included a fashion parade and street performers.

Stafford St was closed off, and the public enjoyed stalls, giveaways and entertainment.

The event was an attempt to resurrect the old boulevard day.

Association chairman Keith McRobie said he was pleased with how the day was going but was already thinking of things that could be improved next year.

"It's something we can build on. It would probably be nice just to see a few more stalls in the street maybe and just a wee bit more entertainment."

Working with the schools next year was an option, he said.

"I think if we can do that we are right on track.

"It's a work in progress and I think we can do a better job next year."

The event coincided with Geraldine's Arts and Plants Festival that featured a a market day today. Mr McRobie said he would like to see the two events work together next year.

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