The Big Day
One day, we’ll get a Pushies morning without rain. Three years, three drizzly mornings. Sunday 14 July 2013, however, was the wettest of the lot. At 8:30am, we were faced with the question: “do we go ahead?” We had to ask ourselves if people would come, what would be the chance of getting everything back for a re-run. In the end, we decided to press ahead. And, aren’t we glad. It was a wonderful day.
A full write-up of prize winners and highlights will be forthcoming, but some notable mentions should be made. The generous souls that put their show bikes out in the drizzle were amazing. The penny farthing riders were monumental. The parading kids were stars. The swap stall holders were out bigger than ever. The trade never relented in putting the customer first. The food vendors pumped it out all day. The musicians kept spirits high.
But Sunday would not have been the same without the punters. People that didn’t have a stake in the show ‘n’ shine, visitors that may have come for the first time, and those that have been there from the start. From all of the organisers and volunteers, we can’t express how amazing you were. You braved it in the rain. You came and you made it the day it was.
Annie Te Whiu tirelessly captured the day. I think it amazingly captures a specific place at a specific time. See the whole set here on Flickr. If you came, there’s a fair chance you’re featured.
The effort that goes into Pushies Galore is phenomenal. It really is a group effort. Richard, Erin, the Butler family, the Sullivan family, extended crew members, volunteers – they make sure this event runs. It is on behalf of these people, that I want to wish everyone a heartfelt thank you.