Festival 2013 on February 16th/17th will feature a Waka Ama regatta on the Saturday and a lakeside market on the Sunday,which will be a fundraiser for our local volunteer emergency service and the Nelson Rescue helicopter. Both of these are very important to our community, as we are an hour's drive away from the hospital. The Festival will also be marking 170 years of European association with the area, and the local history group is busy planning activities to celebrate this. The market will be focusing on quality, handmade arts and crafts, many locally produced. We'd love to hear from artists,craftspeople and artisans who are interested in joining in. We have a number of stallholders registered already and if you'd like to know more please contact Jan Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org.