Denis Aitken is ready to host the Otago Goldfields
Cavalcade in Outram next year. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Yee-Haa - the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade is coming to
Outram Cavalcade Committee chairman Denis Aitken said it was
decided recently that Outram would host the cavalcade's final
stop next year.
Five horse groups, two walking groups, a heavy-wagon group
and a light-harness group will start at seven different
places in Otago and finish their journeys in Outram on
Saturday, February 28 next year.
''It's a wonderful opportunity for the district.''
The cavalcade had never been to Outram and it could
potentially be the largest gala day and hoedown in cavalcade
history because of Outram's proximity to Mosgiel and Dunedin.
The gala day and hoedown would be held at the West Taieri
Rugby Club grounds.
There would be a parade of cavalcaders and horses in the main
street of Outram on the Saturday, he said.
The committee was confident it could organise the
entertainment, catering and accommodation for up to 600
cavalcaders and 450 horses, Mr Aitken said.
The cavalcaders would be accommodated in woolsheds, homestays
and community halls.
As Outram accommodation would be scarce, buses would
transport the public to Mosgiel and Dunedin after the
A competition would start for Outram pupils when they
returned to school to find a catchy cavalcade slogan for
Tapanui had ''Panning in the Pomahaka'' as its slogan, Mr
Goldfields Cavalcade co-ordinator Terry Davis said he was
''excited'' Outram was hosting the cavalcade.
During the gold rush, prospectors started their trail in
Outram so it was fitting the cavalcade finished there, he
The affordable dinner and hoedown for cavalcaders was open to
the public, Mr Davis said.
''It will be an opportunity for the public to see something
quite unique and special.''
The cavalcade would inject about $20,000 into the Outram
economy to pay for entertainment, accommodation, food and
paddocks for horses, he said.
The cavalcaders generated about $100,000 for non-profit
community groups while on the trails, he said.
Entries to join the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade open on
November 1 this year and Mr Davis urged people to book before
Christmas, to avoid disappointment.