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Carterton wraps Christmas plans

Christmas is set to be a merry affair in Carterton this year, with the parade and A Very Carterton Christmas [AVCC] being held on the same day.

Carterton Rotary are stepping up to the plate once again to plan the Christmas Parade for Carterton residents.

Working with Lou Newman and A Very Carterton Christmas, Rotary has planned for the parade to finish at Carrington Park, where festivities will continue into the evening with AVCC.

Parade coordinator Rodney O’Leary is excited about the parade and said the background work is done, so they can now focus on the finer details.

While it is Rotary doing the organising, it is “the business community that are responsible” as that’s who is providing financial support and sponsoring the parade, O’Leary said.

Carterton District Council is also providing funding for the event and helping to organise consent for road closures with Waka Kotahi and safety resources.

O’Leary said these are the “big costs” that usually run to “a few thousand dollars” so Rotary is grateful for the council support.

For the past 23 years, the Carterton Christmas Parade has been held on the last Saturday of November, but this year will see the parade running on December 10.

Some members of Rotary are also volunteering their time to help with A Very Carterton Christmas.

This will be only the second year of AVCC, and organiser Lou Newman said she was very grateful that Rotary sees the benefit of combining the two events.

After the success of last year’s inaugural AVCC “there was a clear push to see if we could have both events together”, she said.

More support and funding this year mean that AVCC is able to expand its offerings.

Anyone looking to be involved with AVCC can email [email protected]. Further information on the Christmas Parade will be provided in due course.

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