Central Otago locals can now get their hands on tickets for the region’s biggest annual event.
Several small explosions were sparked from a backyard fire after drunken revellers threw flammable objects on to it during Alexandra's annual Blossom Festival over the weekend.
Thousands of people packed the streets of Alexandra and Pioneer Park for the Blossom Festival grand parade and Saturday in the Park today.
For the first time in the Alexandra Blossom Festival's history, aspects of a float have been deemed offensive and it will not appear in tomorrow's 57th annual procession.
A bumper crowd, perfect weather, lots of happy smiling faces and few arrests - the stars all aligned this year for the 56th Blossom Festival's main weekend.
Antisocial behaviour during the Blossom Festival weekend continues to drop and the number of arrests this year was the lowest for 16 years.
The revised criteria for Alexandra Blossom Festival floats has been officially announced - no longer will a covering of crepe paper flowers be essential for a float to be entered into the competition.
Seasoned Alexandra Blossom Festival float builder Lyn Quinn says the relaxation of rules for competitive floats will not detract from the festival.
The turnaround in the fortunes of the Alexandra Blossom Festival was noted by the Vincent Community Board this week and "rewarded" with a grant of $26,000 for this year's event.
The blossom was in full bloom on the fruit trees yesterday as the family fun started in the 55th annual Alexandra Blossom Festival.
Despite the weather turning nasty just after the Alexandra Blossom Festival float procession, event organisers are still basking in a warm glow.
The message that it is not worth "looking for trouble" at the Alexandra Blossom Festival seems to be getting through, police say, with the number of arrests this year the lowest for 15 years.
Despite the cold, thousands turned out to watch the Blossom Festival Parade in Alexandra on Saturday. ODT photographer Gerard O'Brien was there to capture the event.
A scene that invited the viewer to "climb into the painting and relax" won top honours in the Central Otago Art Society's Blossom Festival Art Exhibition.
Festivities for the 55th annual Alexandra Blossom Festival begin tonight with the Round the Clock Race and the Mardi Gras.
Official celebrations for the 2011 Alexandra Blossom Festival began yesterday with the crowning of the senior queen.
The men from Alexandra's Men's Shed may not actually have a shed to call their own but that has not stopped them finding a project to work on.