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"It was a successful event for the Dunedin community," Dunedin City Council senior events adviser Anna Duncan said.
Lively demonstrations by the Otago Museum’s Tuhura science centre, some colourful fairies, plenty of music and stalls selling everything from Oamaru stone carvings to giant pine cones added to the fun.
However, there had been a "great vibe" among the estimated 10,000 people who attended this year, in the absence of overseas tourists.
About 170 stalls were operating at the big annual sale event, down from about 300 last year.
A significantly higher proportion of this year’s stall operators were from the Dunedin and Otago-Southland region, and fewer from elsewhere in the South Island, she said.
The event had "got everything" she wanted in a market and there was space for people to "walk around" to see what was on sale, she said.
Sarah Eckhoff, of Dunedin, was also enjoying the event and said she would like to see it held twice a year.