Five questions with: John Rule

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Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival chairman John Rule answers The Courier‘s five questions. The festival will be held tomorrow and on Saturday.

Q. What’s new at this year’s event?

“There is no parking in Main St this year from 6.30am to 4pm. We are putting the stalls in the gutter facing the retailers to make it better for both shoppers and retailers.”

Q. What was most enjoyable about the preparations?

“One of the things has been the good communication with the Timaru District Council. They’ve been really good to deal with. Also, this is the 20th year Alpine Energy has supported the photography section. I honestly don’t think we could have kept running it the way it has been without their support.”

Q. How did you get involved?

“I went along to the AGM about five years ago, just to show support, and ended up on the committee.”

Q. What’s key to the event’s success?

“It’s well-planned, it’s just a well-oiled machine. We do have hiccups but we sort them out and move on.”

Q. What else do you do besides the festival?

“I have the toy shop – Grandpa’s Toys. We [began running] in 2009, so we must be doing something right.”