Classic cars, competitions and creative costumes greeted those attending the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop at the weekend.

Event spokeswoman Jeanne Munro said a highlight of the weekend had been the Wearable Parts competition.

“It looked fantastic.”

Despite the overcast weather, and occasional spots of rain on the Saturday, more than 8000 people had made their way down to the bay during the day.

She thanked the many volunteers who had put in long hours at the weekend, which had been more prepared than the debut event last year.

“We knew what to expect this year.”

Ms Munro said those attending came from as far afield as Whitianga, Invercargill, the West Coast, Christchurch and even Australia.

There had been plenty more support from local people. More Timaru residents were spotted at the bay, along with others who had travelled for the day from Ashburton and Oamaru, she said.

The Friday Night Cruise had also attracted plenty of observers, including one house on Wai-iti Rd that had set up the barbecue on the roadside to have a street party as the cars came by, Ms Munro said.

The committee was yet to determine the total take from the three-day event, but donations at the gate had brought in $13,000 – more than double on last year’s $5000 take.

The Rock and Hop raises funds for the South Canterbury Hospice.

Car-themed creatives showed off their crafty skills during the Rock and Hop Wearable Parts parade at Caroline Bay on Saturday. The Courier reporter Greta Yeoman captured the creative chaos at Caroline Bay on Friday night, as well as the Friday night cruise along the main streets of town.

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