The Timaru Herald Home and Living Expo 'brings the community together'
One of the Timaru Herald Home and Living Expo's organisers is hoping for more than 3000 people to visit the show this weekend.
Nick Symister said the event would not only showcase the latest trends and styles for around the house, it was also for the whole family.
The Expo was previously called the Home Show, and last ran in 2015.
"It brings the community together, it's for everyone," Symister said.
Well-known children's entertainers Elmo and Dora the Explorer will be in attendance, ready to have their photo taken with children, and magician Russell Hendry will put on a show for the little ones, Symister said.
Entry is via gold coin donation, and all money raised on the door will go to Timaru Plunket.
Everyone who attended would have the chance to go in the draw to win a Mystery Break flight from Timaru to an unknown destination, he said.
More than 70 businesses from around Canterbury and all over New Zealand will host stalls during the three-day event.
"It's a good mix," Symister said.
Camping equipment company OZtrail was holding a stall which would feature a couple of campervans, and Mitsubishi would have cars from their latest range on show, he said.
There had also been some last-minute additions to the stall line-up, including Shuzi Jewellery.
Symister said he would be "pretty happy" if more than 3000 people attended.
Originally, the event was to have an outdoor food stall area, but a poor weather forecast saw organisers arranging for the food stalls to be brought inside instead.
The Expo will be held at the Southern Trust Events Centre on Morgans Rd and will run from 10am until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am until 2pm on Sunday.