Caroline Bay Carnival capers

17:52, Dec 26 2013
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Enjoying the entertainment on the opening day of the 103rd Caroline Bay carnival from left to right were Murray Elder, Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew, Timaru Mayor Damon Odey and Mark Goodhew.
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MP Jo Goodhew and CBA president Kevin Ancell on the opening day of the 103rd Caroline Bay Carnival.
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An audience gathers for the opening day of the 103rd Caroline Bay Carnival.
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Mayor Damon Odey on the first day of the 103rd Caroline Bay Carnival.
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Chace Verburg, 6, of Mosgiel plays a game of inflatable laser tag on the opening day of the Caroline Bay Carnival.
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Giving the Octopus a whirl on the first day of the Caroline Bay Carnival are Daniel Broughton of Christchurch and Liam Atwill of Timaru.
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The Round Up gets going on the first day of the 103rd Caroline Bay Carnival.
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Ruben Johnston, 10, of Timaru gives the bumper cars a go.

Avid fans of the Caroline Bay Carnival weren't going to let a few raindrops deter them from sitting up on the terraces to watch the opening concert of the annual event.

The Black Velvet Band got everyone in the carnival mood and the event offered plenty of sideshows, merry-go-rounds and fast food outlets.

President of the Caroline Bay Association Kevin Ancell said the 2013 carnival was the 103rd running of the family-orientated event.

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FORGET THE WEATHER: Jessica Fraser of Oamaru (left) and Rhianna McPhee (6) of Australia enjoy the merry-go-round at the Caroline Bay carnival.

"The Carnival runs through to January 12 and offers a fantastic lineup of events and entertainment to suit all tastes," he said. "We hope everyone enjoys themselves."

Mr Ancell paid tribute to the 130 volunteers who help towards running the event.

"Their input is outstanding," he said.

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Mr Ancell was joined on the stage by MP for Rangitata Jo Goodhew and Mayor of Timaru, Damon Odey.

Mr Odey officially opened the 2013/2014 carnival, saying he was very proud to be associated with an event that has been running for 103 years.

"It has a very proud and long history," he said.

The Timaru Herald