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Andrew, the Blackwell’s Department Store managing director, was busy preparing for the store’s annual Fire and Ice Festival later in the day when he was told about the fog.
For a short time it looked like it would derail the event with the show’s star, Auckland ice sculptor Victor Cagayat, still in Auckland and unable to travel south.
The sculpting and Fire and Ice Night Market were run in support of the Kaiapoi Art Expo next door at the Kaiapoi Club.
“We wanted to complement it and give something back to the community for supporting our store,” said Blackwell.
A large crowd later gathered at the night market to see the ice sculptures lit up, listen to Argentinian-born, Christchurch-based guitarist and guitar teacher, Santiago Samonta, watch the fire dancers perform and sample food from around 20 stalls.
Market visitors were also able to shop at Blackwell’s Department Store, which remained open until late.