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Full of variety . . . People admire the many items displayed for purchase at the Geraldine Ladies Spring Fling, hosted at the Geraldine High School hall on Friday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Spring has finally arrived, along with South Canterbury’s fete season.

Debbie Oliver, Nicky Taylor and Cassie Holmes got the fete season into gear on Friday night, thanks to the return of their popular Geraldine Ladies Spring Fling.

The event, which returned last week, featured 34 stalls by local and independent businesses, along with spot prizes and raffles.

A range of items was available throughout the night from garden art to photography works, jewellery, handmade soaps and candles, among much more, Mrs Oliver said.

“Everyone commented on the great variety of stalls and all our stallholders were happy with it.”

The event, hosted at the Geraldine High School hall, raised $2500, which will go to the Geraldine Riding for the Disabled.

That final figure was boosted by an auction. Among the most popular items available were a pamper and a ride session at Riding for the Disabled, which sold for $275.

Mrs Oliver thanked everyone who made this year’s event another great success, including the high school, which offered its hall free of charge.

“The community really got behind it [and] the community thought it was a great charity to benefit from it.”

The committee plans to return next year, with the aim of raising funds for a different charity each time.

“We plan to do it every year,” Mrs Oliver said.

“We will have a well-earned rest and get into it again.”