Wānaka Sun       

New layout for 2019 Festival of Sports and Recreation 

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 29 Aug, 2019 | By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

A record number of booths, displays and interactive activities are on tap for the sixth annual Mitre 10 Wanaka Festival of Sports and Recreation on September 15.

With more than 30 sign-ups already secured, a large array of sports will be represented during the event at Wanaka Recreation Centre from 10am until 1pm. Festival coordinator Amy Allan said guests can expect new activities and also the return of several clubs from the 2018 festival to showcase what is available in the area in the health and fitness sector.

She said a desire to bring the outdoor activities closer to the indoor activities has led to a change in the layout for 2019 to be more cohesive and offer a better experience for all involved.

“We have the opportunity to open the doors from the indoor courts to the adjacent outdoor grassed area which will create great indoor-outdoor flow and really enhance the atmosphere and vibe of the festival,” said Allan.

The Upper Clutha Sports Community Trust has also arranged for Paul Nicholson from NewZeal to run a free team-building activity for booth holders.

“We wanted to think of a unique way to bring all our exhibitors together before the festival kicks off at 10am to celebrate their contribution to our local sport and recreation community,” said Allan. 

More than 500 guests participated in last year's festival and a record number of visitors are expected this year.

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