Festival full of good honest fun

Festival of the Plain organising committee chairman Bill Feather is set for an entertaining week on the Taieri. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Festival of the Plain organising committee chairman Bill Feather is set for an entertaining week on the Taieri. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

The Festival of the Plain is set to serve up the entertainment during the next few weeks.

A tennis tournament and a celebrity cook-off will be features of the eight-day festival, which kicks off on Saturday with the Wings and Wheels Show at the Taieri Airfield.

An ''enthusiastic'' committee would hold its final meeting for the festival tomorrow, organising committee chairman Bill Feather said.

Mr Feather, who has been on the organising committee for seven years, said the energy and enthusiasm for the event was as high as ever.

There were high hopes in particular for the Otago Aero Club's Wings and Wheels event, which would this year feature military re-enactments on the ground.

On Sunday, the Taieri Tennis Club would host a tennis tournamentfor the Selwyn White Memorial Trophy - a highlight of the two-yearly festival, he said.

The public were welcome to watch the ''tennis aces'' play.

The main event of the festival, Party in the Park, would be held at Memorial Park the same day, from 11am to 5pm.

The designated area for craft and food stalls was full and would spill on to a closed roadway near the park.

There would be children's activities, free street entertainment from the Taieri Dramatic Society, singing by Kelvin Cummings and Dave Coleclough and a timber sports display.

Midweek events included an art exhibition from the the East Taieri Artists' Group, a Mosgiel Taieri Community Patrol quiz night at the Taieri Rugby Club Rooms, a Mosgiel Senior Citizens concert, a peek backstage at the Firestation Theatre, the Taieri Garden Club garden tour, and a children's activity night with table tennis, pool and video games.

The festival would end with the Mosgiel Business Association portable BBQ cook-off, with Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, National list MP Michael Woodhouse and Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran.

The festival programme was full and it would be a great week, Mr Feather said, with something for everyone.

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