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by Alexia Johnston

Fairy lights were in hot demand as South Canterbury geared up for its inaugural Totally Locally Geraldine Wearable Lights competition last week.

The event, hosted at the Geraldine Cinema on Friday night, attracted 41 entries and a crowd of 170 people.

Totally Locally Geraldine Wearable Lights followed a similar concept to popular wearable art events and, because of its success, was expected to return next year, co-organiser Merran Blake said.

Taking flight . . . Anya Johnston (8, left) and Isaac Johnston (5) dress up as fantails, complete with fairy lights. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

“It was wicked,” she said.

“We had 150 tickets [to sell initially].

“We knew [more] people wanted to come so we went and got some more seats, so we sold over 170 tickets.”

The wearable lights contest comprised six categories – wearable lights ages 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and over; and open categories wearable lights hat, wearable lights lantern or bag, and pair or group featuring a co-ordinated theme.

Lighting the night . . . Flowers, fairy lights and tulle were among the items used to complete costume designs worn by Hazel Voigt (10, left) and Deja Proudman (10). PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

While there were prizes for each category, it was Georgia Davenport who won the supreme award for her entry in the open class – a Maori-style cloak made out of milk bottles.

The event, supported by Geraldine’s cinema and Academy of Performance and Arts, was such a success it was likely to return next year, and some entrants were already talking about their planned designs, Ms Blake said.

Money made from ticket sales went towards running the event.