Beloved Blossom Festival given go-ahead at last

Covid-19 will not stop the biggest annual event on Central’s Otago’s calendar.

The Alexandra Blossom Festival is to go ahead, subject to any further updates from the Government and changes to Covid-19 alert levels.

Festival event manager Martin McPherson made the announcement late yesterday ending months of speculation as to whether the event could proceed in light of the pandemic.

Mr McPherson said he was "elated" the festival was able to go ahead in light of the Government’s in-principle decision yesterday to move to Alert Level 1 on September 21 — four days out from the start of the festival.

The announcement by the Prime Minister was great news for the festival and Alexandra, Mr McPherson said.

"It’s been quite the up and down ride this past month or so waiting to see if we would be going ahead, so now we’re full tilt pulling it all together in these next weeks."

In its 64th year, the Alexandra Blossom Festival was a "must-do" for locals and those further afield. This year’s entertainment included Vodafone NZMA Tui winner Jody Direen as the featured artist.

Tickets will be available locally in the next few days, with gate sales on the day for out-of-town visitors.

"It’s going to be one heck of a party. I think everyone’s ready for some good news and to finally have something to celebrate."

The festival, New Zealand’s longest running, will take place on September 25-27.

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