Flowers and family fun in Fiordland

Fiordland Players Theatre Group members Kathy Singleton (left) and Jodene Kennedy in their Steampunk creations during the Free Fiordland Family Fun Day on Sunday.

THE Free Fiordland Family Fun Day and Pop-Up Flower Show was a showcase of entertainment on Sunday.

Held at the Real Journeys Fiordland Community Events Centre, the flower show exhibited photography, baking, handcrafts, floral art, cut flowers, produce and a children’s section.

Te Anau Flower Shows spokeswoman Judy Matthews said the committee was pleased with the response from exhibitors due to the timing of the show, with many treasures from the garden on display.

“The floral art section ‘Footwear Fantasy’ was very well supported with many creations, including a pair of jandals decorated with moss and fungi, and boots full of interesting items of greenery and berries,” she said.

Fiordland community family worker and Fun Day organiser Nita Cole said the event had a focus on engaging all ages in the community and using local talent, building on the Pop-Up Flower Show.

“Success to me was seeing smiles and people connecting with others in conversation, grandparents coming to watch grandchildren perform. I saw local talent being applauded and enjoyed, and that local talent ranged from preschool artwork to dance, song, design, floral art, photography, climbing wall and a free go’, speeches and more.

“I hope we can build on this for future events.We have some wonderful talent in Fiordland and amazing support from local businesses and entities that help make it happen,” she said.

Jane Gilder Sewing and Design, including her younger sewing students, showcased their own garments and projects, and the Hospice Shop Te Anau, were part of the Fun Day Fashion Parade.

Mrs Gilder said it was a privilege to showcase her collection to the Te Anau community.

“The response from the community was so positive and welcoming,” she said.

Family friendly activities included bouncy castles, face painting, a free barbecue and afternoon tea.

Outside displays were provided by the Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum Inc and the Fiordland Community Garden.