Geraldine light festival draws in crowd like moths to a flame

Alana Berry, 11, shows off her costume as part of the Totally Locally Wearable Lights Competition.
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Alana Berry, 11, shows off her costume as part of the Totally Locally Wearable Lights Competition.

There was blackout at the Geraldine Cinema on Friday night.

It wasn't the result of a power cut: it was something much more illuminating than that.

The Totally Locally Wearable Lights Competition's inaugural showing was considered such a success another may be held next year.

Breanna, 4, Toby,7, and Olivia O'Connor, 9, of Geraldine were three of 40 competitors in the Totally Locally Wearable ...
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Breanna, 4, Toby,7, and Olivia O'Connor, 9, of Geraldine were three of 40 competitors in the Totally Locally Wearable Lights Competition in Geraldine on Friday.

The event was originally conceived as a stand-in for the Geraldine Lights Festival.

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But when the festival went ahead, it carried on as an event in its own right.

Michelle Baker said 121 people attended. There were 40 entrants, double the number organisers had expected.

Operating such a competition involved a fair amount of planning - but doing it in the dark was a different story, she said.

"When we had the guests arriving we had trees with soft lights on just to guide them.

"When the competition started we turned all of the lights off.

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"As entrants came in we had a lantern bearer come in with them to guide them," Baker said.

There were six classes in the competition, three age groups and three classes.

 Entrants were "widely varied" in age and costume ideas.

"People were judged for best hat, best lantern and best team."

"The outfits were really quite stunning. Too see how people had taken the theme was just amazing,"

Baker's personal favourite entry was a fantail, complete with a movable tail that opened and closed.

Another entry took the form of a person and three dogs.

The festival was the brain child of Baker and several other Geraldine businesswomen.

It was created at a time it was thought the Geraldine Lights Festival would not go ahead. But when it did they continued with it anyway.

There had yet to be an official de-brief but Baker expected another competition would be considered for 2018.

"I think the interest is extremely high and we will be looking at next year. People were asking how they could enter next year and what plans were."

"Totally locally is all about supporting and promoting our community and there was tremendous support on Friday."

 - Stuff

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