|The Central Otago town of Alexandra shines in spring weather with blossom-lined streets and orchards in full bloom.
The Alexandra Blossom Festival, which celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2011, marks the arrival of spring in the region, while paying tribute to the stone fruit and wool industries that form the lifeblood of this small town.
The Alexandra Blossom Festival is three weeks of fun and entertainment with events like the Race Around the Clock — adrenalin-charged competitors run, swim, kayak, ride horses or pedal mountain bikes to conquer the steep terrain and icy river which makes up the course to Alexandra’s unique, illuminated clock on the hill.
The festival includes other local highlights such as The Grand Procession — complete with strikingly decorated floats and Float Princesses who each vie for the title of Festival Queen and the Mardi Gras, Party in the Park, "Thunder" Sunday (drag racing), Garden Tours and the Wool On Fashion Event (a fashion and design competition that encourages the creative use of the high quality wool produced in Central Otago.)
Many other associated events, activities and exhibits take place around Alexandra during the Festival, so gather your friends and family together and be part of this wonderful spring celebration.
Mardi Gras, Tarbert Street, Alexandra
- Race Around The Clock, Alexandra
Party in the Park, Alexandra
- The Grand Procession, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra
- ‘Thunder’ Sunday (drag racing), Alexandra Airport
- Garden Tour, various locations around Alexandra & Clyde
- Wool On Fashion Event, DHS Gymnasium, Alexandra
For more information visit www.blossom.co.nz