Festival promises frighteningly good fun

The Kowhai Festival will adopt a Halloween theme this year, adding a creepy note to a celebration of all that makes Mahurangi a great place to live, work and play. Pictured are festival organisers, from left, Drue Thomas, Urs Bauer, Angela Thomas and Murr

Chair of the Kowhai Festival organising committee, Murray Chapman, says the Halloween theme offers plenty of scope for children and adults to dress up and retailers to give their storefronts and stalls a scary edge.

2017 marks the 48th year of the Kowhai Festival, which runs from early October to the first week of November.

It will showcase Rodney’s talented artists, food and wine, musicians, diverse culture and recreational opportunities.

Highlights will include The Huge Day Out, a mock debate, a ukulele festival and dozens of events and activities put together by local community groups under the Kowhai Festival banner.

The Huge Day Out takes place on October 28, when Warkworth’s main street will be closed to traffic but abound with scores of colourful stalls and two sound stages featuring local performers and a talent quest.    

Mr Chapman wants as many community groups as possible to get behind the festival and alert festival organisers to their events so they can be promoted through the festival Website and Facebook page.    

The Kowhai Festival is the second longest-running community festival in the country, after the Blossom Festival in Alexandra.

Info: kowhaifestival.nz


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