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"It’s a great community event," organiser Grant Hardy said.
"We have good volunteer support. We have maybe 20 face painters and we have a queue to China waiting for them."
A highlight of this year’s event was securing enduring Dunedin favourites The Chills as its headline act.
"It is good to honour them, it is appropriate that they get to play in this stadium and in this environment," Mr Hardy said.
"They have put a lot into the community, both in terms of service and their musical careers, and it’s nice to have them play in a community environment."
The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps obviously felt the significance of the event too, opening the band’s set with This Is The Way, a song he told the audience the band had not played live since the 1980s.
Mr Hardy said early on more than 4000 people had been counted arriving, but more were to arrive.
"It’s a good Christmas family event, it’s cruisy, it’s relaxed, and it comes from the community serving the community."