Rail Trail DuathlonThe Rail Trail Duathlon celebrated its 20th year in February 2019 with a strong number of entries across all race categories. The Maniototo Community Board provided the Combined Lions Duathlon Committee with a grant towards the running of the two-day event. The event runs between Clyde and Middlemarch showcasing all that the Otago Central Rail Trail has to offer and Central Otago. From mountainous, dry, rocky landscapes to productive farmland and spectacular river gorges, this race has it all.
Race Organiser Ken Gillespie says the event aims to support community well-being by encouraging locals to get fit and enjoy New Zealand's original great ride.
What better way to welcome people into a community than with a huge food fight? Well that's what the organisers of Cherry Chaos have done with the running of an event which celebrates all things cherry. Roxburgh's population swells with hundreds of seasonal workers and the event was developed by the Teviot Prospects group to welcome our international workers and give them an opportunity to connect with locals.
The Teviot Valley Community Board provided funding in 2019 to what is a fun and engaging event, aimed at bringing visitors and locals together in a relaxed and fun environment. Cherry Chaos provides a perfect way to celebrate the cherry harvest and a fun event for all to enjoy.
The Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group (CDPG) has been encouraging people to play and stay in Cromwell since 1987. The Cromwell Community Board supported the CDPG to run a series of initiatives this year, which aim to make Cromwell a great destination to visit and an even better place to live.
Events coordinated by CDPG include the Cromwell Summer Series (a five-event sporting series that gives athletes of all abilities the opportunity to practice their sport in our beautiful landscape), the Cromwell Street Party and Fireworks, the National Cherry Spitting Competition (held at the yearly Cherry Festival), as well as Light Up Winter.
Image credit: Mary Hinsen.
Lauder Ukulele Festival
The Lauder Ukulele festival is a fixture for both visitors and locals alike. The festival is a 4-day musical celebration which has something for everyone, from novices to ukulele connoisseurs. The Vincent Community Board supported the 2019 event by providing a grant to hire a professional sound system and sound engineer.
The festival helps promote Lauder and acts as an opportunity for local groups to raise funds for their projects. For example, the Lauder Beautification Society was able to raise funds toward their Railway Station Project by having a stall and raffle at the event and the Omakau and Districts Playcentre fundraised by providing meals for those involved with the event. The Lauder Ukulele Festival creates an excellent local buzz and the event organisers are hoping to get even more people, and ukuleles, along to the event in 2020.