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The Octopus and ferris wheel attract the crowds to the Caroline Bay Carnival in Timaru on December 28. PHOTO: Louise Frampton

It was another “very good” year for the Caroline Bay Carnival, the event’s organiser says.

Bay Association secretary Kevin Fahey said, despite the rainy weather on Friday last week which drew those attending the talent competition inside the nearby hall, the weather had been good and the event well attended.

He said there had been many high-quality performances during the weekend’s talent quest, making it one of the toughest competitions in years for the judges.

“[It] was very fiercely fought.”

The annual carnival ran from Boxing Day until Sunday, with anywhere between 2000 and 4000 visitors to the event at one time, he said.

Dunedin man Graeme Clydesdale had ventured to the carnival with his daughters Olivia (9) and Stephanie (12) on Thursday last week, to find out what it was all about.

“We’d never been before,” he told The Courier

“I’ve heard about it so much we took a couple of days off and here we are.”

Mr Clydesdale wandered around the carnival armed with teddy bears while his daughters made the most of the rides on offer.

“I promised my girls a teddy bear so there you go,” he said, while juggling his winnings.