A cracker of a night at Rakaia

Mullet Man entertained the crowd at the Rakaia Lions Club fireworks night on Saturday.

Hundreds of fireworks fans descended on Rakaia Domain on Saturday night to enjoy a “marvellous” night of family fun, food and pyrotechnic entertainment.

The district’s only annual organised fireworks display, the Rakaia Lions Club fireworks night proved a roaring success once again.

Though strong gusts left a few people questioning whether the event would still be held, Kevin Cameron of the Rakaia Lions Club said there were no issues.

“The wind didn’t end up being a problem in the end – it died down and we were still able to light the bonfire, and the fireworks still went really well,” he said.

He said Rakaia firefighters were close by to help if anything did go amiss.

Other entertainment on the night included face-painting, fire-juggling “Mullet Man” from Christchurch, Ashburton band the Kopy Kats, along with food stalls set up by the Rakaia Lions Club and local schools, kindergarten and scouting groups.

Cameron said he was very happy with the number of people who came along to enjoy the evening.

“I think the turnout was excellent this year – our stall sold out of chips and hotdogs.”

He said the money raised from gold coin donations at the entrance, along with that collected by the Lions stalls, will help fund the fireworks along with other community projects.

- Ashburton Guardian


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