Enthusiasm high as Cherry Chaos erupts in Roxburgh

Team “Cherry Berries”, comprising (back left) Adlyn Abdul Halim, Gabriella Alexandra, Nurain...
Team “Cherry Berries”, comprising (back left) Adlyn Abdul Halim, Gabriella Alexandra, Nurain Tajul, (front left) Mastura Jamil, Nadia Mohd and Ain Aidil relax after competing in Roxburgh’s Cherry Chaos. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON
Blue skies greeted a crowd of about 200 at the Cherry Chaos festival in Roxburgh yesterday.

Visitors, local residents and orchard workers enthusiastically took part in the popular annual festival.

The event was a welcome day of fun for a group of Malaysian students from the University of Otago.

Team Cherry Berries — Adlyn Abdul Halim, Gabriella Alexandra, Nurain Tajul, Mastura Jamil, Nadia Mohd and Ain Aidil — were all spending time as orchard workers during their summer break.

Ain Aidil said this was the first time she had come to the Teviot Valley.

She was studying finance and was enjoying taking time out from the books to make the journey to Roxburgh.

There had been some rain, but it was a great break to have a day out in the sun and it had been a fun day at the festival.

Event manager Martin McPherson said there was a cheerful crowd for the event as the rain stayed away for the afternoon.

The main event was the cherry obstacle course, with teams of six racing under netting, rolling along in wheelbarrows and climbing over a haystack slide, all while being pelted by cherries.

About 33 teams of six took part in the competition.

The winning men’s team was Cherry 10, and the women’s team was Berry Fast.

Mixed team winners were Fairview Ice Creaming It, and the winning junior team was Wright’s Honey Stingers.

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