Glow attracts 40,000

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Ryan and Kimberley Dynes with their children Jordy, 6, and Maggie, 3, at the event. Photo Joanne McCloy Photography.
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Glow in the Park 2024 broke all previous records, attracting more than 40,000 people.

Saturday night was the busiest, attracting about 16,000, Friday night about 13,000 and Sunday about 11,000. This compares to about 17,000 last year, when it was held at the Tinwald Domain on two nights, as one night was cancelled due to rain.

The display may be extended next year.

District council group manager compliance and development Jane Donaldson said the new location, Ashburton Domain, worked well.

‘‘The huge turnout over the long weekend did lead to congestion along the display route at times,’’ Donaldson said.

‘‘While most people were patient and not too bothered, we’ll be looking at options for extending the display over a larger area, or having an option of short and long walking loops in the future.’’

Photo Susan Sandys.

Comments so far from attendees were generally positive. Over the next week, the district council was encouraging people to give feedback via a short survey at ashburtondc.govt. nz/glow. It would review the event, now in its third consecutive year, before deciding whether the event would return.

Glow in the Park 2024 cost about $120,000, paid for by sponsors and $23,000 from the district council’s events budget.

Photo Susan Sandys.
Photo Susan Sandys.
Photo Toni Williams.
Photo Toni Williams.