Who would have thought that raising money for a carpark could be so much fun! Pictured getting into the CARnival spirit are, from left, Birgit Emminghaus, Gay Smith, Trish Allen, Barbara Souter and Judy Corliss. Lucy Scott, of Magpie Magic, created their exotic headgear from Hospice Shop purchases.
Final preparations are underway for MataCARnival, which will be held over three days in Matakana from March 24 to 26.
Organisers, on behalf of the Matakana Community Group, are raising money to pay for a much-needed carpark alongside Matakana School, which will serve both the school and the village.
Festivities will start with a Gala Dinner at Plume Vineyard & Restaurant, which is also the major sponsor. Diners will be the first to sample the new Runner Duck sparkling wine ‘Joy’. There will be live entertainment from the Brazilian Divas, as well as live auctions.
Day Two will be based at the village markets where there will be free entertainment.
The finale event on Sunday March 26 will be at the Matakana Country Park with gates opening at 11am. It will be family-friendly event with entertainment and activities for all ages. Highlights will be a Grand Parade at midday, and a display of cars and motorbikes including a McLaren M8F Can-Am racing car.
Plenty of fundraising activities will be happening around the grounds and food and beverages will be available.
For tickets and information, visit matacarnival.co.nz