Riverton market shines

The evening was full of live entertainment showcasing lots of Southland musicians and performers. PHOTO: Sue Mailman

The annual Riverton Midwinter Twilight Market was a resounding success at the weekend with plenty of Southlanders turning up to enjoy all the community had to offer.

The midwinter market was organised by The Postmaster Bakery owners Marleen Adams and Iri Luke, who also run the Riverton Christmas Twilight Market. On Saturday (July 28) the main street of Riverton was shut down so that a host of stallholders, food outlets, a beer tent and live music entertainment could create a vibrant atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

Ms Luke said the event turned out to be "really, really amazing".

"We knew it wasn't going to be a lovely night (weather-wise) but we still had a hell of a lot of people show up. Lots of people kept saying they couldn't believe the numbers."

This year a new addition to the night was the introduction of a 'Light up the Night' DIY lanterns competition where people put their creative talents to good use, making beautiful designs that were lit up and displayed along the street. 

Ms Luke said the six prize winners "were overwhelmed by the prizes", which local businesses went above and beyond to donate for.

The Riverton Freight truck was parked in the middle of the street to provide the venue for live entertainment and was "lit up like a Christmas tree" featuring "awesome musos" sharing their talents, and the Invercargill Brewery even had a tent to keep the adults hydrated.

Ms Luke said quite a few people turned up in neon coloured clothes to help light up the night, and the steam punk group even had twinkly lights woven into their clothing.

"It was crazy.

"We handed out glow sticks for people to wear, and it was really well received," she said.

Ms Luke said interest was already very strong for the upcoming Riverton Christmas Twilight Market.

"We've had a lot of stallholders book in for the one in December, that's really cool. We'll get in early and make sure everyone's got themselves booked. It's probably going to be mammoth."

Ms Luke said she and Mrs Adams were very grateful to the people who attended the event, as well as the Riverton community and businesses who supported it.

"Thank you to everyone who came out and made the night so amazing despite the weather... we can't do it without them."


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