The annual Manfeild event that often seems to provide a special test of the power of positive thinking will be staged - all going to plan - on Wednesday, October 31.
The Fireworks Spectacular is traditionally one of the biggest public events in the Manawatu. The allure of a giant bonfire and the largest, most spectacular fireworks display in the region typically attracts between 15,000 and 25,000 people.
Money raised is dispensed to a wide variety of charities. The organising committee mainstays are Manfeild Park Trust, Kairanga Lions and Feilding Promotion and with other groups involved on the night, it's a true community event that involves the entire region.
As is well known, some years the weather doesn’t always do its bit - particularly for the last event, which was so cruelly affected by climate-related postponements that it crossed into this year, finally being staged on January 24 to time with Wellington anniversary weekend.
"We’d like to think that, in the history of this event, there will never, ever be another run of bad luck like that one," commented Manfeild Park chief executive Heather Verry.
"It’s no fun for anyone, least of all us, having to continually postpone an event that is just so popular. With the last one it felt like our fingers were almost permanently crossed.
"But we’re optimists and we believe everything will work out right this time; being Halloween night will be a good sign, we think. It’d be great to see the younger ones coming along all dressed up as witches, ghosts and goblins."
The support programme is still being worked on, but will assuredly befit the location. November 1 is the reserve date, should the weather turn playful.
"Having it before Guy Fawke’s night is, we think, of great appeal," Mrs Verry said.
"Everyone is thinking about their spending these days and we think its now accepted fact that there’s a lot more value from going to a fireworks’ night and seeing thousands of dollars of the latest pyrotechnics, set off in a safe and professional manner.
"The most modest illuminations on our night would be much more impressive than anything you could buy off the shelf and our bonfire is renowned as being a wonder to behold. Basically, it’s all about doing things bigger and better."
As always, the night is alcohol-free and pets should not be brought along.
Entry will be $10 per adult and $5 per child, while a family pass (two adults, four kids) is $25 pre-purchased, $30 on the night.
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