Tartan things up in Teviot Valley

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara

@alliedpress.co.nz

The Teviot Valley’s Scottish origins will once again be celebrated with its 10th annual Teviot Tartan Time three-day festival next month.

This year’s Teviot Tartan Time will be held on September 13, 14 and 15.

In addition to the feature event, the third T&G Teviot Valley Wearable Tartan Art Awards on Saturday, there will be the Teviot Tartan mufti day on the Friday.

The annual Kilt Canter on Sunday this year goes from Pinders Pond and finishes at the Roxburgh Playground.

In addition, there is a shop window decorating competition and a Scottish and Scotch-themed movie on Sunday afternoon.

Committee member Trudie Marsh said this year’s Wearable Tartan Art Awards had a new venue to showcase its record 60 entries.

The 2016 show was held at the T&G coolstore, Ettrick, and this year the event was offered the use of Con van der Voort’s new canopied area at the CAJ New Zealand Apples packing shed, in Ettrick.

It is big enough to accommodate seating for more than 350 people.

“Of all the things we have done over the years for Tartan Time, the awards are the biggest and have developed into a significant event,” Mrs Marsh said.

She said she was delighted with the record number of entries.

“It has been amazing.”

The first show in 2014 attracted 47 and the second time the awards were held in 2016, there were 50.

“At the start, we thought if we got 25 we could have a show, and we got 47.

“This year we are well supported with entries from Central Otago, as well as from Dunedin, Gore, Invercargill, and Te Anau.”

The awards are run by volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours to organise them.

Businesses also provide extensive support.

“People are prepared to help because of the old fashioned community spirit,” Mrs Marsh said.

CAJ New Zealand Apples post harvest manager Jackie van der Voort said the event would be held in the large area known as the “Canopy”.

“We were in the throes of an upgrade and we said let’s see if they [the awards] are interested,” Ms van der Voort said.

“It is pretty exciting and it will work well.

“It is going to be a great event, I am sure.”

Tickets are available at the Roxburgh i-Site, phone (03)446-8920.