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Spring time . . . Cheviot is preparing for its annual three day spring celebration. FILE PHOTO

By AMANDA BOWES

Cheviot will farewell winter and welcome spring with open arms during its annual three day Spring Festival early next month.

Plans are well in hand to celebrate spring in style with Cheviot residents keen to put all that has been thrown at them behind them – including drought and earthquakes.

Gary Mitchell, an organiser of the festival, says they are gearing up for three days of fun and entertainment and so far 40 to 50 stall holders have applied to sell their wares at the festival, “with more ringing in each day”.

On Friday, September 8, the Cheviot Lions kick off the festival with a sports quiz night at the Cheviot Trust Hotel.

The next day the festival will be officially opened at 10am with the Cheviot Area School Kapa Haka.

There will be market stalls in the Cheviot School grounds and the Cheviot Floral Art will be displayed in the Knox Church.

An Antiques Roadshow will be held with Mike Kerr from Vaughn Antiques and Interiors on hand to offer advice on treasured pieces, this will also be held at the school grounds.

The Cheviot Museum will have an open day and vintage cars – including a Model A and Daimler – will trek to Cheviot to put on a display at the school.

At 11am and 2pm, there will be guided walking tours through the Cheviot Domain with people wanting to take part meeting at the Homestead Ruins.

Saturday evening sees Mike King provide entertainment at the Knox Church and from 8.30pm back at the Cheviot Trust Hotel, The Southern Man will perform.

On Sunday, a combined church service will be held at the Knox Church, at which all are welcome.

Gary says there will also be plenty to keep children occupied and entertained and hopes that the wider community of North Canterbury can take some time out to enjoy the festival.