Despite a damp winter and a low-flowering season, there will still be availability of yellow-petaled joy and a record-breaking number of stalls for this weekend’s Carterton Daffodil Festival.
Growers in the region have reported fewer blooms than usual due to the rain, which means there aren’t enough to meet a day of self-picking tomorrow.
But Carterton District Council [CDC] still have a spring in their step, as they’ve confirmed there will still be the usual option to visit Middle Run Farm, and purchase pre-picked $4 bunches.
Event organiser Jenny Gasson said she is thrilled those attending the festival will still be able to have a daffodil experience.
All other festival events will continue as planned, including the Wai Art Show, steam train, food trucks, surrey rides and 145 market stalls – the most the festival has ever seen. The train departs Carterton at 10.50am sharp, arriving in Masterton at 11.15am.
Carterton Mayor Ron Mark said he was really impressed by the sheer volume of stalls, and that it means there will
be something for everybody.
“This is what the Carterton community is all about,” said Mark
The cherry on top off the day? Ron Mark will be doused later in the day in support of the Carterton Indoor Pool Project being run by the Carterton Swim Club.
With the Trade Me auction sitting at $300 as of Thursday, Mark said he was more than happy to be dunked for a good cause.
It won’t be Mark’s first dunking. Past experiences include the Gladstone School Fair and when he was an MP in Christchurch.
“Everyone likes to dunk me, it seems I’m a prime target. I keep saying to people, take your best shot, have a go,” Mark said.
Eketāhuna super market
What’s described as a “mighty monthly market” is definitely something to explore with the whole whānau this weekend. Tomorrow’s market will feature live music, fresh veggies and bread, as well as plants, crafts and more. What else can you ask for from the mighty monthly market?
Eketāhuna Community Centre, Halswell Street. Tomorrow, 10am-2pm.
Markets making it happen
A boutique market is something a little different in the heart of Greytown at the town hall and library. The Stallkeeper’s Society Market weekend has a variety of handmade products on offer and it could be the perfect stop off if you have any birthdays coming up in the family. You even have your pick of which day to visit, today or tomorrow, from 9am-3pm.