After a slow start, the crowds have flocked to the Caroline Bay Carnival to enjoy the popular annual event.
The 103rd carnival kicked off on Boxing Day, but rainy weather kept a lot away from the family-oriented event.
Caroline Bay Association president Kevin Ancell said he was relieved to see carnivalgoers out in force yesterday, estimating nearly 2000 attended the afternoon concert, at which Annie Crummer performed.
"It definitely picked up today and we are running at full steam. We have just about run out of fruit for the fruit wheel, which is a sign we are busy.
"I was a bit nervous yesterday [Boxing Day] but not as nervous as my first concert as president last year."
The warm, humid weather had brought everyone out, he said. "It was a good concert and we have got some even bigger acts to come."
Junior Miss Cutie will be held today and is open to girls between five and seven years, decided, along with Miss Cutie, for girls aged eight and nine.
The afternoon and evening concertgoers will be entertained by Clayton Cameron and Suzanne Lynch.
Tomorrow the Mother and Son and Princess of the Sands winners will be decided and the concert will be the Howard Morrison Trio.
The carnival runs through to January 12.
- The Timaru Herald