By SHELLEY TOPP
Kaiapoi retailer Andrew Blackwell had a few nervous moments last Saturday when fog stopped early morning flights out of Auckland airport.
Andrew, the Blackwell’s Department Store managing director, was busy preparing for the store’s annual Fire and Ice Festival later in the day when he was told about the fog.
For a short time it looked like it would derail the event with the show’s star, Auckland ice sculptor Victor Cagayat, still in Auckland and unable to travel south.
Luckily the fog lifted and Victor was able to catch
a later flight to Christchurch to begin his ice sculpting demonstration in the Blackwell’s car park only 30 minutes later than scheduled.
The sculpting and Fire and Ice Night Market were run in support of the Kaiapoi Art Expo next door at the Kaiapoi Club.
“We wanted to complement it and give
something back to the community for supporting our store,” says Mr Blackwell.
Victor carved four ice sculptures during his public demonstration, including the one recognising the Blackwell family’s forthcoming 150th anniversary of retailing in Kaiapoi, next month.
A large crowd later gathered at the night market to see the ice sculptures lit up, listen to Argentinian-born, Christchurch-based guitarist and guitar teacher, Santiago Samonta, watch the fire dancers perform and sample food from around 20 stalls.
Market visitors were also able to shop at Blackwell’s Department Store, which remained open until late.