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Staff reporters

Horses and their riders crossed the Clutha River into Clyde from Earnscleugh Station on Tuesday afternoon as part of the 2019 Goldfields Cavalcade.

Participants arrived in the small town, enroute to Hawea where more than 600 riders will be offered a warm welcome this weekend.

Cavalcade to Hawea committee chairman Warren Hewson said volunteers had been working hard to ensure everyone had an enjoyable culmination of the trail at the Hawea Domain.

The trails would begin to converge in Hawea on Friday, then on Saturday morning there would be a parade through the township before a lap of the Hawea Domain race track at high noon.

Following the trail . . . Samantha Goos, of the Netherlands, ventured into Clyde with the Goldfields Cavalcade on Tuesday afternoon. She heard about the event through a friend, who was going to do it but did not make it. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

More than 50 market stalls would be offering a wide range of wares from 10.30am till 4pm and Aspiring Rotary and the local Parent Teachers Association would be providing a meal for the cavalcade participants.

The Hawea Youth Club was having a hobby horse race, and there would be fun competitions including sheep shearing and woodchopping.

Local entertainment would include singer and songwriter Anna van Riel, Wanaka Ukuleles and The Rubys.

The evening hoedown will kick off at 7pm with Invercargill’s Little Green Men, then at 9pm country music singer Craig Adams, of Cromwell, will keep the party going until 1am.