Crowds flock to fair in perfect weather

Welcoming Dunedin visitors to the Extravaganza Fair are stallholders Terrene Gibson and Yani Alig...
Welcoming Dunedin visitors to the Extravaganza Fair are stallholders Terrene Gibson and Yani Alig. PHOTOS: GERARD O’BRIEN
Sunny weather and a view of Dunedin’s harbour provided the perfect backdrop for the visiting Extravaganza Fair.

Eating candyfloss at the Extravaganza Fair is Georgia Dunning (3), of Dunedin.
Eating candyfloss at the Extravaganza Fair is Georgia Dunning (3), of Dunedin.
Live entertainment, bungy trampolining, face painting and endless quantities of candyfloss were enjoyed by punters visiting Bayfield Park over the long weekend.

The fair, which has been running for six seasons, featured 40 travelling families and stallholders who live in tiny homes while travelling around the country.

Co-founder and stallholder at the fair Yani Alig said he started the fair nearly six years ago with others after wanting a life with more freedom.

He enjoyed being able to travel around the country in his home and being his own boss.

He and partner Terrene Gibson sold dreamcatchers and jewellery alongside other pieces at their stall, Octopus.

The fair had to halt for seven weeks during lockdown.

Mr Alig, who lived in Timaru during that time, said stallholders were grateful to get back up and running.

"It’s awesome. We always get a good turnout in Dunedin.

"We’ve seen more people this season; I think people want to get out and do something more now."

The fair would pack up today before setting up in Invercargill this weekend.

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