Steampunk NZ Festival attendees donned their best homemade costumes for what organizer Leah Campbell said was a “fantastic” weekend.
“The attendance was great, huge attendance.
“We sold out of almost everything, and so quickly,” Ms Campbell said.
She heard a lot of feedback that this year’s event was the “most extravagant” ever.
“The feedback from the visitors was very good.
“People were enthusiastic, very happy.”
The big parade is a very popular part of the festival.
People of all ages paraded the streets of Oamaru in their best steampunk attire on Saturday.
Many also had customized vehicles.
According to Ms. Campbell, nearly 2,500 people watched the parade.
Steampunk gates were added to the festival this year.
They will be a staple of the festival for years to come, and Ms Campbell hopes organizers can continue to create reusable resources to “enhance the festival” in the future.
“It’s sort of the theme this year, is to do things that make the event easier.
“We have software for organizing events. And also making props and decor, which are permanent things that elevate the festival every year.”
Another new event this year was a creative contest in which participants decorated suitcases.
They had almost 30 participants and were “blown away” by the quality of their work, Ms Campbell said.
The festival concluded this morning with the SteamPINK Breakfast, which also helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.