Let there be light

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Fire and Light Midwinter Festival participants (from left) Jack Hamblett (5), head of art activities Janet Earl, Tazman Hamblett (8), festival co-ordinator Jacqueline Stewart and Ziggy Olson (7) get ready to celebrate the winter solstice on Saturday.

GLENGARRY will become a winter wonderland on Saturday as this year’s Fire and Light Midwinter Festival is celebrated.

Lanterns are continuing to be made, armour shined for the medieval sword fighting demonstrations, and entertainment and food prepared in anticipation of a good turnout.

Co-ordinator Rebecca Amundsen said there would be lots of fun activities as part of the fifth annual festival, which celebrates the onset of winter.

Lantern making would be held earlier in the day during the Glengarry Community Markets. These, along with many other lanterns, would be used in the Lantern Parade at the conclusion of the festival in the evening.

The daytime community markets would also include craft stalls, food stalls and preloved items.

The free, family-friendly evening festival would also include entertainment, a dance tent, flax weaving star making, glow face painting, a blindfold obstacle course, Matariki stories, Cook Island drummers, an opportunity to make Avengers light sabres and food stalls.

The popular fidget spinners would also be on sale for $5 each. Fitting in with the light theme they were glow-in-the-dark spinners, festival co-ordinator Jacqueline Stewart said.

Going by previous festivals, Ms Amundsen expected at least 100 paper and glass lanterns would be paraded by children and adults around the Glengarry Crescent at the conclusion of the evening.

Fire and Light Midwinter Festival, Glengarry Shopping Centre and Eastside Baptist Church. Market, 1pm-4pm; festival, 5pm-8pm. Entry, free.

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