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"It rained all day for last year's event - right up until 10 to 6, just in time for the lantern release," event communications manager Marion Lowe said.
"This year there was just a little bit of drizzle. That didn't worry us at all."
It was held on Friday for the last two years, but the Saturday timing "worked better" and "seemed to mean" that those attending the festival were "nice and relaxed. There were no time pressures; no-one was in a rush", Ms Lowe said.
There were also three "warm spots" for "the kids to hide from the elements": a Craft Cafe in the Cromwell Library, a Kidzone at Cromwell Paper Plus and a "hang out" session at the Cromwell Youth Centre.