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March 2002, Volume 13, Number 3

Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community

As the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade descended on Middlemarch in early March, the small community prepared itself for every type of participant possible...

There were riders who had braved nine days on horseback, those who had taken the three-day trail, heavy wagoners, walkers and cyclists -- and each hit the town with their own set of needs.

“It is a wonderful model for economic development,” says host town committee spokesperson Kate Wilson.

She says that organising to cater for the 580 diverse visitors was demanding, but a challenge the Middlemarch community took on with energy. “We organised the entertainment, dinner, hoe-down and accommodation -- a difficult task when you don’t know the definite numbers of people coming until right on the day.”

Two community projects, supported by the Otago Community Trust and the Community Employment Group, were launched on the day. A blacksmith was working in a new forge and a vintage machinery museum was opened.

Kate says that CEG fieldworker Julie Pearse’s advice and support was wonderful in helping to organise the event.

“She is such a great backstop with ideas and helpfulness.”

Julie says the town was buzzing for the event. “Residents were out in force.”

Kate, who has spearheaded numerous community events, including the hugely successful bachelor hoe-down which attracted world-wide media interest, says she is having a break from organising community events.

“Every successful town needs a cafe. I’m going to try to start one in Middlemarch.”

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Kate Wilson
R D 2, Middlemarch
Phone (03) 464 3797
Fax (03) 464 3794
email: strathbn@southnet.co.nz

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