In an effort to put life back into the Kurow Festival,
organisers have taken the bull by the horns and are planning
In a break from recent tradition, Market Day will not be held
on race day this year but on Saturday December 31. Plans are
in hand to close off a section of the main street and fill
this with all manner
"The festival itself is over the whole week,'' says Graham
Hill, committee chairman.
"We felt that we had narrowed our options by focusing on only
one day. The Kurow Race Day will be on December 30, as usual,
and will continue as usual. It is always popular and allows
Market Day to stand on its own.
Stall conveners co-ordinator Pam Currall has high hopes for
the festival, based on the "phenomenal" interest among new
and previous stallholders. "We are looking at more than 60 at
this early stage."
This year will see the introduction of a new element to the
entertainment side as well. The resident band for the day
will be the very popular Coyotes, with their broad selection
of great classic
country rock. Intertwined with this will be an opportunity
for up-and-coming artists to show off their skills and win
"In addition buskers are more than welcome at this market,"
says Jon Brocas, entertainment co-ordinator. "We have a
special deal for them and at the close of the market a prize
for the best overall entertainer."
The festival traditionally runs for about a week with many
local clubs and organisations running competitions and
special events. All information can be found on www.kurow.org.nz or by contacting the
Kurow Museum and Information Centre on (03) 436-0950.