The Extravaganza Fair has rolled into town for the weekend, with free entry, fun family entertainment, and tastes of the past and future.
The fourth season of what’s described as New Zealand’s largest travelling event is setting up in Waitangi Park today. The Extravaganza Fair will run from 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday with a combination of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, a circus and magic show, roaming performers, and participatory “old school” games such as sack races, tug-of-wars, and musical bean bags.
Other interactive entertainment for children includes face painting, hair braiding and spray on tattoos, with a pedal-powered merry-go-round, bouncy castle, trampoline bungee and chill zones with toys.
As well as a solar-powered performance stage featuring musicians and performers throughout the day, there will be unique tiny homes on display, all running on solar power, including an open home as seen in Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Life & Leisure magazine.
The Extravaganza’s goal of being a sustainable event means that plastic bags and straws and one-use plastic bottles are banned, but you can bring your own refillable water bottles, or get a recycled cup made from recycled bottles for a koha. There’s a Rehydration Station with free water.
All packaging is compostable or recyclable to help reduce waste, and there will be a Recycle Centre Trailer with recycle warriors on site sorting, and advising which bins to use.
The Extravaganza aims to become carbon neutral, by donating to tree planting charities at the end on each season.
The market stalls offer everything from herbal remedies and natural perfumes, to revamped, retro, fashion or bohemian clothing, jewellery, crystals, homewares, hats, hair fun, massage, a hipster barber shop, poi & trick stix fun, a working blacksmith, tattoos, piercing, and Tarot and tea-leaf readers.
And of course there will be food, from the steampunk food truck Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint, Havana Coffee Works, and fairground treats such as mini doughnuts, homemade fudge, soft serve ice cream, and the inevitable candyfloss.
The Extravaganza Fair closes at 7.00pm on Saturday, and 5.00pm on Sunday.