Something fun for everyone
The Caroline Bay Carnival returns to Timaru today for its 102nd year.
Staff at the Caroline Bay Association have spent the past week unloading tonnes of food and gear in preparation for 14 days of entertainment.
Up to 130 volunteers will be rostered on over the holiday season, about 36 on the rides, 45 at the stalls and four in the office at any one time.
Caroline Bay Association president Kevin Ancell said eight members had been working eight-hour shifts in the run-up to the carnival.
He had helped unload 16 pallets of biscuits and nine pallets of chocolates.
Mr Ancell said he was anticipating a good response to the entertainment on offer.
''Every day is designed to entertain different age groups; all age groups are promised their favourite type of music on the day.''
Family entertainment will be presented daily, with free concerts at the Soundshell at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.
Competitions, games, rides, bouncy dhcastles, mini golf, merry-go-round and inflatables also feature.
The carnival culminates with a special concert on New Year's Eve followed at midnight by the traditional fireworks display.
The annual talent quest is held towards the end of the carnival.
A popular event with all ages, it showcases a wide variety of talent, with some contenders going on to become national stars.
Visit www.carolinebay.org.nz for details of how to audition.
- The Timaru Herald