Grand finale for Domain's 150th anniversary

24/11/2014 10:00 a.m.

Teddy bears to traction engines, stone sculptures to band music, stalls to cricket balls – they will all be found in the Ashburton Domain this Sunday November 30.

The grand finale day marking the Domain's 150th anniversary starts at 10am and promises fun and entertainment for all ages.

About 40 food and craft stalls will be dotted among the 12 artworks created by sculptures from throughout New Zealand during a stone carving symposium earlier this month.

The carvings created in Mt Somers stone, Timaru bluestone and West Coast granite during the Domain's two-week Stone Carving Symposium will be auctioned at 1.30pm on the Long Lawn adjacent to the layby off West Street, in the same area they are currently on display.

The public will also get the change to choose their favourite stone sculpture by voting on the day.

Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes are expected to join the crew from Port FM between 11.30am and 1.30pm for a big picnic which will also feature a magician, face painting, a dance competition and egg and spoon racing.

The teddy bears' picnic will be held by the paddling pool on Walnut Avenue and, in the same area, there will be kites in the sky – weather permitting.

For those who prefer the sound of music there is a concert from 2pm with music from the town's bands. The concert is being held in the same location as the food and craft stalls and stone carving auction.

For those who wish to try their hand at a new sport, the Ashburton Bowling Club and the Waireka Croquet Club will hold open days. There will also be 20/20 cricket games for interested spectators.

The Ashburton Railway and Preservation Society will bring its McLaren traction engine, which will be parked near the Domain office building, just off West Street.

If a leisurely stroll sounds more like you a guided tour of the Domain will take place at 11.30am, departing from Council's Parks and Open Spaces office, just inside the large black wrought iron gates on West Street.

Open Spaces Manager David Askin says it is wonderful to see the community coming together to celebrate 150 years of the Ashburton Domain. 

"The Domain plays an important part in our community so to have so many different community groups and organisations getting involved is fantastic. The day is going to have a real celebratory atmosphere.

Click here for more information about the Domain's 150th anniversary celebrations.


Page reviewed: 02 Dec 2014 2:45pm