The Buckingham Belles, who judged the Arrowtown
beard-growing contest yesterday, took a liking to Keith
Stirling's beard and declared him overall winner. Photo by
Hundreds turned out in Arrowtown and Glenorchy yesterday
to see the final events of a long weekend of celebrations.
In Arrowtown, a crowd witnessed the placement of the
long-awaited time-capsule. The capsule, on a site beside the
Arrow River, commemorates the Arrow Gold 150 weekend and will
be opened in 50 years' time so the next generation can
include some extra items.
Inside the capsule is an Arrowtown Primary school roll,
photos from the weekend, photos of the area, a list of
ratepayers, an Otago Daily Times, a cellphone, gold
coins and a couple of payslips.
Arrowtown ward councillor Lex Perkins lowered the capsule and
said a few words on behalf of the town.
Arrowtown Gold 150 organiser Julie Hughes said the weekend
had gone to plan and had been "absolutely magical".
"We are very lucky to be in the place we live. The community
'feel' is like no other and it is so important we retain it."
Keith Stirling, of Arrowtown, won the prize for best overall
beard in Arrowtown for his impressive silver beard.
At the head of Lake Wakatipu, folk either arrived at
Glenorchy on horseback with suit tails and dresses dancing in
the wind or by a more modern form of transport, to fill the
Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve for the last day of the
celebration of 150 years of European settlement in the
Arriving in a 1928 Cadillac, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa
van Uden listened as fourth-generation Glenorchy resident
Richard Kennett talked about the early years.
Sometimes rats "were of plague proportions" and travel was
"very difficult and dangerous, by boat, bridle track or dray
along rough tracks".
"But we survived and slowly flourished."
Mr Kennett mentioned the "looming fight with bureaucracy" the
village faces to stop a proposed tunnel between the Routeburn
and Hollyford Valleys.
Following the speech, beard-growing efforts were judged,
muscles were strained during the tug-of-war, a group photo
was taken, the extended Glenorchy lagoon trail was opened and
the refurbished library was officially opened.
John Richards won the prize for best beard at the Glenorchy
competition. He said he would not be shaving it off any time
soon. On July 1, the Kinloch man shaved his 30-year-old beard
off for the cause, describing his sacrifice as "scary" and
"It's just back to normal [now] - I've had this all my life."