Host pulls out all the stops

This year's Otago Goldfields Cavalcade will end in Tapanui, and the host town has planned a impressive programme of events.

The event has been dubbed the ''Panning the Pomahaka'' cavalcade, and all trails will converge on Tapanui next Saturday.

West Otago cavalcade committee secretary Gloria McHutchon said this was the first time the event had come to Tapanui and the town wanted to show some ''good West Otago hospitality''. A family carnival was planned for next Saturday at the West Otago A&P Showgrounds on State Highway 90 near Tapanui.

Events include the carnival, a parade, and a dinner followed by a hoedown.

''Tractor dancing'', barrel racing, karate demonstrations and performances by Kaitangata musician Aaron Jury would also form part of the carnival day. More than 40 stallholders had already registered.

The New Zealand Army Band would play and Wanaka musician Jody Direen would provide entertainment at the hoedown.

West Otago residents would be involved in a range of tasks, from catering to looking after the cavalcade participants and horses, helping with car parking, and hosting stalls, she said.

- helena.dereus@odt.co.nz