Scent of a blooming great festival

18:55, Nov 25 2012
Anne Miles
SWEET FRAGRANCE: Anne Miles enjoying some of the blooms on offer at Timaru’s Festival of Roses over the weekend. Festival director Chris Thomas was delighted with ticket sales.

Timaru awoke to the fragrance of roses yesterday.

Fine weather attracted good numbers to the market day celebrations of Timaru's Festival of Roses at Caroline Bay.

Festival director Chris Thomas said the turnout was much better than average. Around 50 volunteers helped put the event together while 154 stallholders took the opportunity to show off their wares.

Clothing, craft, jewellery and plants were some of the items on offer. Other entertainment included bands, rides, acrobats and a display of vintage cars.

The festival runs over four days and includes competitions, garden tours and exhibitions. It costs around $100,000 to run, with a share of proceeds going to Hospice South Canterbury.

"Overall, it's been one of the smoothest and easiest to put together," Mr Thomas said.


"We've had the best ticket sales; it's done really well."

Mr Thomas was pleased with the variety of entertainment.

"This is a chance for the younger up-and-coming talent to perform on a big stage; it's been a really good mix."

Children's Floral Fantasy attracted 835 entries. Pupils from a dozen South Canterbury primary schools were invited to take part in a variety of decorative floral arrangements.

Co-ordinator Alan Ward said feedback was positive.

The Timaru Herald