by Alexia Johnston

Sunshine and a large variety of stalls attracted a record crowd to this year’s Geraldine Summer Fete.

Organisers welcomed about 3000 people through the gates of event venue Stover Farm on Thursday last week.

That number was about 500 more than last year.

Co-organiser Deanna Mackenzie-Connor said the fete was another great success, helped by warm weather and a large variety of products on offer.

“It was a great day. We were pretty lucky,” she said.

Money raised from entry sales will be donated to the Lions Club of Geraldine, South Canterbury Hospice and St John Geraldine.

However, it was not yet known how much this year’s fete had raised.

The Geraldine Summer Fete, which is into its eighth year, featured 190 stalls of various items including lawnmowers, garden ornaments, furniture, jewellery and plants, among much more.

“We try to think of everything,” Mrs Mackenzie-Connor said.

Among the company’s new to the fete this time round was a craft brewery.

Performers also entertained the crowd throughout the day, including Zoe Scott, Holly Kimber, Abbey Mackenzie and The Drama Queens.

Mrs Mackenzie-Connor said time would now be spent preparing for next year’s event.

“We’re doing a bit of tidying up today and then start planning for next year already,” she said, on Friday.

“We start thinking about what we can tweak now, and then after Christmas we start cranking into it again.”

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