Cancelled fete back bigger than before

A month after the Centrewood spring fete was cancelled because of heavy rain, a rescheduled event seems set to attract a big crowd.

The fete was called off in October, after torrential rain left 100 stallholders high and dry.

Organisers said it appeared a rescheduled fete, to be held on Thursday at the Centrewood Estate, near Waimate, would be a much bigger event.

Co-organiser Jo Sutherland said more than 130 stallholders had become involved the second time around.

"We are hoping for a sunny day on Thursday. We have had a great response from around the country.

"We have got them coming from Stewart Island to Nelson, from the top of the South Island to the bottom and everywhere in between.

"It was a big call to cancel with all the work that had been put in, but everyone has been really supportive."

Mrs Sutherland said the fete would include "Pimms on the lawn", live entertainment and local chef and cookbook author Bevan Smith would give cooking demonstrations on the day.

The fete will raise money for the Salvation Army and the Canterbury Hospice.

Visitors were asked to bring unwanted toys for the Salvation Army Christmas gift appeal, Mrs Sutherland said.

andrew.ashton@odt.co.nz