It’s all systems go for this Saturday’s Forest Fire Concert.
It promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment at the A & P Showgrounds in Richmond, beginning at 1pm and going through until about 6pm.
Headline act The Waratahs will be supported by the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band, local duos Dust and Gold, and BoKay, and covers band 995.
Responders and volunteers get in free to the concert with their immediate family, which includes children and partners only.
The family-friendly event also includes a children’s area.
There is a small general public charge of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 15. In the interests of keeping things simple it’s a gate charge and cash only. Families are welcome to bring a chilly bin and seats.
Organisers have asked everyone involved to spread the word and make sure as many people as possible turn up. There is free parking available at the town end of the showgrounds entrance.
It’s hoped one of the helicopters involved in fighting the fire will be on display at the showgrounds during the afternoon.
Local businesses have got behind a silent auction that is being held as part of the concert, with some fantastic items to bid on, with all the money raised going to the Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund that has been set up to raise money for those affected by the Pigeon Valley fire.
Some of the items donated so far include Richmond Mall vouchers worth $2500, a week’s campervan use provided by Discover New Zealand Motorhome Rentals from Hope, and a 7 by 4 caged trailer provided by Tasman Trailers.
While they are here The Waratahs will travel to the fire site and Wakefield to get a better idea of what happened while the area was under a State of Emergency.