Riverton Midwinter Market

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Riverton Midwinter Twilight Market organiser Iri Luke outside one of the four venues the market will be spread along on Palmerston St.

ABOUT 50 stalls, live music, and entertainment will feature at this year’s Riverton Midwinter Twilight Market.

To be held on Saturday, July 29, from 5pm-8pm, this year’s event will be held mainly indoors at The Postmaster Bakery, Flecks Hall, the Riverton Environment Centre and the RSA along Palmerston St.

Organiser and The Postmaster Bakery co-owner Iri Luke said although this was the second midwinter market, it was also the fifth market she had organised for the town.

Ms Luke began organising the markets three years ago to encourage more people to visit Riverton. It had worked, she said.

She described it as a family-friendly event for all ages, with children’s and various entertainment and demonstrations by the South Otago Axemen, as well as the opportunity to browse dozens of stalls.

“There will be face painting, live music and entertainment, and Mr Whippy will also be there.”

Ms Luke said there had been a lot of interest from local people to host stalls, with people travelling from throughout Southland to attend.

“Due to demand, we have tried to increase the amount of local stallholders.”

Leading up to Christmas, prizes were also being collected for a raffle to raise money for a community Christmas tree.

An initiative of Riverton resident Tanya Colyer, she will have a spot on Palmerston St fundraising for the tree, which will be custom-built for the town to use in time for the Christmas Twilight Market and throughout the festive season.

Adding to the twilight event, Te Hikoi Southern Journeys will also be open throughout the afternoon and evening.

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