Arrive early at the Re-enactment for a great day out
Organisers are advising spectators to arrive early at the Botanics Reserve to secure a good viewing spot at the Re-enactment of the First Game of Rugby on 20 September. Areas will be set aside for people who bring along their own seating, with designated areas for low and high chairs, and there will be plenty of standing space for spectators.
With Victorian style entertainment from 11am including Penny Farthing races, Morris Dancers and Victorian stilt-walkers there is plenty to keep spectators occupied prior to the arrival of the teams at 12.30pm and kick off at 1pm.
Music from the band rotunda includes a brass band, barbershop chorus, and accordion duet and in a nod to Victorian times, food available includes a spit roast, baked potatoes, hot nuts, pies, cream teas and waffles with ice cream. Spectators are advised to bring cash if they wish to enjoy the selection of food and coffee on offer as eftpos will not be available.
Entertainment will continue at half time, with human pyramid displays by Nelson College gymnastics team and the winners of the costume competition receiving their prizes from the Mayoress. Anyone dressed in period costume has a chance to win in one of five categories: most authentic male and female costumes, best couple, best hat and best facial hair.