It’s the height of summer here in the Southern Hemisphere, so there is naturally a bevy of events coming up, many of which are the kind of thing you’d only ever see in Oamaru.
The first of these is coming up on Monday, 6 February. Since that’s Waitangi Day weekend, that’ll be when Oamaru will host the Harbour Regatta, an annual event that this year will kick off with the rededication of the historic Signal Hut at the head of the boat ramp, and thereafter there will be sailing, rowing and motorboat races, bands performing music, food and drinks for sale, all leading up to the climax of the event–the PortFM Birdman Competition, in which contestants dressed in fanciful costumes will demonstrate all manner of flying contraptions while vying for prizes in such categories as “Biggest Splash”, “Longest Splash” and “Best Dressed”.
Shortly after the Harbour Regatta fans of Detroit’s muscle cars (and flab cars, for that matter) will gather from 9 to 12 February for Oamaru’s first annual Oamerican Car Show, in which owners of classic American cars will collect to show off their chrome, fins, and V-8s. Events will include a street cruise through Oamaru and a convoy up the Waitaki Valley, and then a dinner dance on the event’s last evening.
On 19 February, the 14th annual Oamaru Wine & Food Festival will take place in the Public Gardens, with 40 vendors offering samples of some of the areas finest foods and wines, which you can enjoy while listening to a number of musical acts and also purchase items to enjoy at home.
Finally, on 24-25 February come and enjoy the 149th (!!) North Otago A&P Show at the Oamaru A&P show grounds on Ettrick Street. This event will be a showcase of the breadth of the region’s agricultural and pastoral industries, with categories for cattle, sheep, home industries, etc. Truly an activity for anyone with an interest in agriculture!