Busy preparations for double Deco event

As cavalcade walkers, riders and wagoners make their way to Ranfurly, the town's Rural Art Deco committee is busy preparing for this weekend's double celebration, Decocade.

Rural Art Deco Maniototo Inc chairwoman Diane Paterson said the weekend would be ''very cavalcade oriented'' and an Art Deco festival event, the cabaret, had been changed to make way.

The festival was certainly not suffering as result of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust cavalcade though. Instead, the two events would complement each other.

''It's going to make it a bigger, buzzier festival,'' she said.

Art Deco society member Kris Wade, of Dunedin, said there would be an especially large vintage car contingent, with some people coming from as far away as Nelson.

The cars, as well as other usual Art Deco Festival parade entrants such as tractors and street performers, would be joined in tomorrow's grand parade by the more than 500 cavalcaders.

Mr Wade said as the festival was celebrating rural Art Deco, horses ''fit into our scene''.

Though there would be no cabaret, there would be a three-course dinner with jazz and drinks in Ranfurly Hotel's newly refurbished Art Deco-style dining room tonight.

Festivities begin at 9am tomorrow and include a car-boot sale, live music, market stalls, food and drink stalls, buskers, and an art exhibition.

The grand parade will begin at 12 and the fashion show at 4pm.

A hoedown at the Maniototo Stadium will finish off the day.

- sarah.marquet@odt.co.nz


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