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All dressed up . . . Christchurch residents James and Amy Dean with children Carter (3) and Amelia (5) attended last year's Rock and Hop. The event returns to Timaru in two weeks. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop returns in a fortnight.

The three-day annual event of classic cars, creative costumes, music and ’50s and ’60s fashion will return to the bay on March 15-16.

This year’s event is the third edition of the Rock and Hop, which is a fundraiser for the South Canterbury Hospice.

Hospice fundraiser Jeanna Munro said the event would include the popular car cruises to Geraldine and down Timaru’s main streets, the Wear Your Parts wearable car-themed competition and several opportunities for locals and visitors to be entertained by live music and other activities.

She encouraged residents to get tickets to the Wear Your Parts Preview Party, which will be held on Friday night.

For $30, ticket-holders would get to see the costume competition entries before the main show at the bay, as well as getting supper and the chance to “party till late” with band The Art of Cheese.

“It’s a great night out.”

for those who had missed out on getting tickets to the soldout Saturday night party, she said.

Ms Munro also encouraged South Canterbury residents to purchase the $10 ticket to go in the draw to win $10,000.

The winner would be announced at the Rock and Hop, she said.

Car events would include the Go Geraldine Cruise on the Friday, leaving Caroline Bay at 11am and arriving in Geraldine to be entertained by live music in the town’s Village Green.

Timaru residents would also get to see the classic cars in action at the popular Friday Night Main Street Cruise, which would start at 6pm from the bay.

The cruise route includes Timaru’s Stafford St, Pleasant Point and Temuka.

There will also be a Shop Street Party on the main street of Timaru before the cruise comes through, starting at 4pm.

Saturday’s events begin at 10am at Caroline Bay, including performances from The Drama Queens, the prizegiving and parade for the Wear Your Parts and Best Dressed competitions and the grand prize draw for the $10,000.

with a breakfast at the bay before the drivers took part in the Sunday cruise to Ashburton.

For more information on the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop, visit www.carolinebayrockandhop.co.nz