Anxiety at festival rain forecast

01:32, Dec 24 2013
timaru christmas on the bay di cleverley
CHRISTMAS CRITTERS: Smurfette and Elmo get ready to pump up the crowd at Saturday's Christmas on the Bay with organiser Di Cleverley.

Plans for tonight's Christmas on the Bay are on track - the only hitch could be the weather.

Christmas on the Bay organiser Di Cleverley said she was expecting big crowds to the fifth annual concert but was not happy about Saturday's forecast for rain.

Festival favourite, New Zealand's very own "Mrs Christmas" Jackie Clarke, is MCing the night for the third year in a row.

Mrs Cleverley said Clarke liked "little old Timaru" and they were lucky to get her presenting and singing talents.

This year the hot ticket is Christchurch boy band and X-Factor favourites Moorhouse, who have caused quite a frenzy among young girls.

Fans of the group hoping to get a close encounter with the boys won't leave disappointed, with an autograph signing session scheduled for after the show.


However, Mrs Cleverley stressed it would have to be in an orderly manner, otherwise it wouldn't happen.

Local Timaru talent will also be on display with Lydia Oldfield, Johanna Ford and Sam Wilson and the InHarmony Community Choir performing.

There will be Smurfs, Elmo and the Cookie Monster out in the crowd playing with the kids and other activities for older children.

The show starts at 6.30pm at the Caroline Bay Soundshell.

Entry is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to South Canterbury @Heart.

The Timaru Herald