Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

This page contains a list of upcoming events in the Tasman/ Nelson region.

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These events have been organised or supported by Tasman District Council.

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Event Listings 

Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group
(Wednesday 16th December 2015–Wednesday 21st December 2016)

Tasman Talks Titles is a chance for you to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading.

You'll also get to see a selection of new titles which the library has purchased.

Tasman Talks Titles meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3.00pm.

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Motueka Library: Babbling Books
(Thursday 4th February–Thursday 3rd November 2016)

Join Babbling Books book group at Motueka Library to talk about a book you have recently enjoyed and to hear some great recommendations.

Babbling Books meets on the first Thursday of every month at 1pm.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 5th February–Friday 16th December 2016)

Babytime is a fun, social and interactive programme introducing literacy and a love of language to babies, as well as helping to develop the bond between parent and child.

Babytime is held at Motueka Library on Friday mornings during term time. It is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music and books suitable for children two years old and younger.

We do not limit session numbers but will try to accommodate as best we can.

We hope to see you there!

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Richmond Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 9th February–Tuesday 13th December 2016)

A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years and younger with their caregivers.

An opportunity to have fun in the library, interact with your tot using rhymes, songs and movement and introduce them to the wonderful world of books.

Every Tuesday during school term time.

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Takaka Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 9th February–Tuesday 20th December 2016)

A fun hands-on session for the under-twos.

Songs, movement, rhymes and stories for early learning.

Every Tuesday during term time.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 18th February–Thursday 8th December 2016)

Mystery Ink is Richmond Library’s group for teens.

Catch up to talk books and movies and get the first pick of the newest titles. Snack and fun diversions included.

All welcome, ages 12-18.

Venue: Constance Barnicoat room, Richmond Library

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 23rd February–Tuesday 27th December 2016)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Our book group Silverfish could be for you.

Silverfish is a chance to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and hear about what other people have been reading.

It is a group for all people and all tastes.

We pick a theme, genre or author for the month or just swap favourite books. The possibilities are endless.

You don’t have to come regularly.

You’re welcome to come along to listen and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Takaka Library: German Language Nest
(Monday 29th February–Monday 28th November 2016)

If you’re wanting to keep German alive in your family, cosy up with your kids at Takaka Library’s new German Language Nest.

Sessions are facilitated by our German-speaking Children’s Librarian, Doris Symmons. The Nest aims to foster the spoken German language for children, by sharing stories, songs, rhymes, craft and everyday speech.

Meeting on the last Monday of every month (except during school holidays), sessions will alternate between the library and an outside venue elsewhere in the community.

Phone Doris, 03 525 0059 for more details on date and venue.

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Motueka Library: Teen Book Group
(Wednesday 2nd March–Wednesday 21st September 2016)

Motueka Teen Book group is for High School students in the Motueka area.

Our group meets twice a term to chat about books, what’s new and favourite reads.

Enjoy the first pick of new books, listen to guest speakers, and participate in fun activities.

Bring along a friend.

Snacks provided.

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys Book Club
(Friday 11th March–Friday 16th December 2016)

If you're into books and reading, living in Takaka and you're aged 9-12, this book club is for you.

Cryptic Turkeys Book Club meets on the third Friday of the month at Takaka Library.
Except for the first meeting of the year which is on 11 March.

Check in and hear what others have been reading and get a look at some of the latest new books.

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Richmond Library: Good Crafternoon!
(Wednesday 20th July–Wednesday 28th September 2016)

How long has it been since you worked on that knitting project? And what about that embroidery you’ve been meaning to finish?

Join us at Richmond Library for an hour and a half of crafting. It’s a great opportunity to finish a project, or start a new one, and spend some enjoyable time with other crafters.

Bring along your craft project – knitting, hand sewing, mending, crochet, drawing, scrap-booking, or whatever half-finished, almost-started project you like – and work on it with other crafters at the library.

Free, but you need to bring all your own materials and craft supplies.

Every Wednesday afternoon until October.

Bring your lunch, or grab something from the Library Café.

All welcome. Bookings not required.

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Lindy Valente - Fridays at Mapua
(Friday 29th July–Friday 9th September 2016)

Lindy Valente, singer-guitarist (of the Gypsy Pickers) entertains for happy hours overlooking the sea at the picturesque Boat Shed Cafe - Mapua inlet. Performing popular, jazz, blues, world, rock and originals. If you're hungry there's excellent food as well!

The Boatshed Cafe Bar is accessed by driving (or walking) through the Leisure Park, Mapua. Turn off Aranui Road onto Toru Street, keep going across the causeway and right through the Leisure Park (slowly please!). Plenty of parking close to the cafe.
Phone - (03) 540 2656

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Motueka Library: Free Computer Classes
(Tuesday 2nd August–Tuesday 13th September 2016)

Trying to get connected and unravel those mysteries on the computer?

Now is the perfect time to build up your confidence.

Learn how to send an email, connect on Facebook or sell items on TradeMe. Obtain help finding jobs online and writing a CV.

Master transferring digital photos from your camera to a computer and find out what social media actually is!

Be in quick to register for a computer course at Motueka Library.

Find the full programme on the library website:

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Richmond Library: Janet Marshall Exhibition
(Tuesday 2nd August–Tuesday 6th September 2016)

Visit Richmond Library today to view these beautiful paintings by local artist Janet Marshall.

Janet captures the exquisite nature of New Zealand native birds, and the transition of childhood to young womanhood, in her carefully rendered paintings.

Now showing at Richmond Library until early September.

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Richmond Library: Nelson Provincial Museum - The Playful Past
(Wednesday 3rd August–Tuesday 6th September 2016)

Come down to Richmond Library and have fun viewing the latest display in our glass cabinets.

This month we have a selection of toys and playful memorabilia from Nelson Provincial Museum.

From tiny animals, to children's wooden alphabet blocks, and photos of children from many years ago, the display is a wonderful collection of fascinatingly playful objects.

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Takaka Library: Makerspace
(Wednesday 10th–Wednesday 31st August 2016)

Try something different, fun and creative after school.

Take a break from gadgets and sport, settle in with a good story and then get creative. Maybe it's weaving, nature craft, fabric art or even rock painting.

Finish up with some help choosing your next great read.

For 6-10 year olds.

Afternoon tea provided.

Enrol at the library. Limited space available.

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Richmond Library: Law For Lunch - Retirement Villages
(Thursday 25th August 2016)

Are you thinking about moving into a retirement village?

In this free session Julia O'Connor of Nelson Bays Community Law will highlight some of the legal issues you might need to take into account when considering the move.

Bring your lunch or grab a bite to eat from the Library Café.

Numbers are limited to 50.

No bookings required.

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Choosing Freedom
(Friday 26th–Wednesday 31st August 2016)

“According to the historical Buddha, absolute freedom is our birthright, our natural state. But in this world where stress, conflict, uncertainty and confusion are commonplace, a personal sense of freedom can be elusive and fleeting. If we want to change this, we must first choose to make freedom our priority. Then through patience, perseverance and practice, learn to see how each choice we make shapes our reality. As wisdom develops, the choice becomes easier till ultimately, freedom chooses itself!”

In this retreat, we will explore the nature of choice and freedom in the context of modern life - through reflection, contemplation and practices including meditation, mindfulness and gentle yoga.  Suitable for all.

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Motueka Library: Poetry Extravaganza Evening
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Day with poetry readings by accomplished poet Lesley McKay.

Lesley has won the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry contest twice and has published poems about the Christchurch earthquake's Red Zone.

Enjoy this opportunity to be touched by the magic of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community and discover poets.

Share your own poem or a favourite poem or just listen and enjoy.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All welcome. Gold coin donation appreciated.

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Richmond Library: Family History Month - Tales From The Tablelands
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Join us in the library for a talk by author Ray Salisbury who is writing a non-fiction book called Tales From The Tablelands: The History Behind Mt Arthur.

Ray Salisbury is a freelance writer and photographer whose work regularly appears in Wilderness magazine.

His first book Cape To Cape was published in 1997 and outlined his solo 80-day traverse of the North Island mountains.

Ray's current project reveals the untold tales and unsung heroes of the Kahurangi region, and aims to help preserve Kahurangi National Park for future generations.

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Takaka Library: Family History Month - A Beginner's Look at Ancestry
(Friday 26th August 2016)

Get started on your family history project with this introduction to - the online family history research tool.

John Barraclough will guide you through the basic features of and give you some practical search tips to make your journey easier.

Whether you are new to this resource or just want a refresher, this session could be just what you're looking for to kick-start your research.

Registration is essential. Phone 03 525 0059 to book your place.

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When Irish eyes are smiling
(Friday 26th August 2016)

We bring sunshine into your heart and set your feet a dancing in a sizzling celebration of all that is Irish.

St Patrick's Day has come a bit late this year but we all have a little Irish in us. With mad Marian Burns fiddling, Irish dancing, Irish jokes, some great singalongs with great Irish music that is full of heart and joy - it is all so infectious you know you just can't help but join in!

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August Weekend Retreat
(Saturday 27th–Sunday 28th August 2016)

8 Worldly Dharmas : How to make your practice pure

The 8 worldly dharmas or concerns are: hope for happiness and fear of suffering, hope for fame and fear of insignificance, hope for praise and fear of blame, hope for gain and fear of loss. Geshe-la will explain how to train the mind to avoid these two extremes of attachment and aversion.

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Mindful Movement Workshop
(Saturday 27th August 2016)

- Explore Mindfulness through Movement -
Our bodies spend a lot of time moving as we go about the daily business of our lives. But how often during the day do we really notice the sensations in our body? This course offers a real opportunity to bring mindful attention into your life, and to learn to notice how your body feels in motion.
Through mindful movement we can learn:
• To slow down when we feel that our body is rushing
• To bring attention to, and be with, a bodily experience
• To notice our limits and ‘edges’, identify our boundaries
• To recognise the habits of our mind and body
• To soften and ease into stretches gently and with kindness, so that we can stretch more deeply
• To accept the present moment.
Mindful movement can be yoga, walking, tai chi, dance or just simple movements and stretches. We will explore different kinds of movement and we will bring awareness to the moment-by-moment sensory perception of our body.
Our physical sensations can give us very useful information about the state of our body and our emotions. If we learn to be receptive to these messages, it can help us to be in our lives more fully.
If we allow ourselves to ‘feel’ ourselves in the process of moving somewhere, rather than being lost in thoughts about where we are going, we can actually be here in our life as it actually is.

For more info contact Jamila on 027 644 6145

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Folk Night
(Thursday 1st September 2016)

A fun and friendly gathering of folk musicians. Join in or just listen.

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Richmond Library: Book Launch - Armless Not Brainless
(Thursday 1st September 2016)

Richmond Library is delighted to be hosting the launch of Rod Haines’ book Armless Not Brainless.

Rod Haines was born in Nelson in 1942, at a time when doctors freely gave advice on options of what to do with this armless baby, whom they thought would also have limited brain function.

The story touches on aspects of Rod’s life growing up without arms, how he has adapted to fit in and how he helps others adapt to him.

His passion for justice and equal treatment for all has guided his career path and his community work.

Find out more about this quirky character who has a different take on life at his book launch.

Free. All welcome.

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Richmond Library: Law For Lunch - Family Dispute Resolution
(Thursday 1st September 2016)

Find out how to sort arrangements for the care of children after a separation.

Julia O'Connor from Nelson Bays Community Law will cover the basics of family dispute resolution in this free Law for Lunch session.

Bring your lunch or grab a bite to eat from the Library Café.

Numbers are limited to 50.

No bookings required.

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Appleby School Country Fair
(Saturday 3rd September 2016)

The Appleby School Country Fair is a fabulous family day out in the country! Attractions include pony rides, bouncy castles, animal nursery, face painting, wacky hair, the HAUNTED HOUSE, great food and entertainment, our infamous silent auction, plants, baking, preserves, white elephant stall, lucky bags, good quality used clothing and books and MORE!
Put Saturday 3 September in your calendar! You wont want to miss it!
Parking available.
From 11am-2pm

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Destination Wakefield!
(Sunday 4th September 2016)

The Rover Car Club's Classic & Collectible Car day is all polished up at Higgins Heritage Park at Wakefield. Pigeon Valley Steam Museum will be on Steam with all museums open and traction engine and jigger rides. The historic Wakefield Bistro is open for brunch or more in its friendly family bar and restaurant while Carol's Emporium is chock full of a big range of secondhand goods. Willowbank Heritage Village has numerous wee buildings each displaying collections from our past and Villa Grove Estate has olive oil for sale - both are just 1.5km south. Armageddon Paintball is open for business - have some fun - and Wakefield Bike Hire can see you transported! Sample the finest baked goods from Bakery at Wakefield and enjoy a coffee too - make a day of it!

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Payne's Ford Planting Day - Conservation Week
(Sunday 4th September 2016)

DOC Takaka are holding a planting day at Payne's Ford for Conservation Week 2016.

The trees we planted last spring have been doing pretty well though there have been a few deaths.

We have about 500 trees this spring to fill the gaps.

So, if you are about in the Bay on the 4th September we will be very happy to see you out planting at Paynes.

We will start at 10am at the Paynes Ford car park (SH 60). Please bring your own spade if you have one, if not we will have a few spare. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Meet the Candidates
(Wednesday 7th September 2016)

Meet the Nelson and Tasman Candidates

Nelson Branch of the National Council of Women invites you to meet the women standing for Nelson City and Tasman District Councils.

Wednesday 7 September
7 to 9pm
Constance Barnicoat Meeting Room, Richmond Library
Queen Street, Richmond

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Richmond Library: Law For Lunch - Buying Online
(Thursday 8th September 2016)

What are your rights when you buy stuff online?

How do you go about dealing with damaged or faulty goods?

Find out about Consumer Law and buying goods online in this free session with Julia O'Connor from Nelson Bays Community Law.

Bring your lunch or grab a bite to eat from the Library Café.

Numbers are limited to 50.

No bookings required.

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Peter Pan!
(Friday 9th–Saturday 17th September 2016)

Country Players presents the much loved musical show 'Peter Pan'. Bring the family along for a magical experience with the 'boy who never grew up'.

There are six shows scheduled with the weekends (9/10 and 16/17 September) being a bring-your-own picnic where the audience provide their own food, drink, cutlery and crockery and Country players provide tea and coffee. There are two ‘show only’ performances with a Matinee on Sunday 11 September and evening performance on Wednesday 14 September where tea, coffee and cake are provided. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (aged 18 and under).
Bookings are essential for BYO Picnic Theatre and recommended for Show Only Performances. Bookings are available from 541 9663 or email

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Richmond Library: Have a Go at Cake Decorating
(Saturday 10th September 2016)

Learn how to decorate cakes with the Nelson Cake Decorators and Sugar Artists.

Find out all the tips and tricks for making your cakes look amazing.

Free. All welcome.

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Forest & Bird celebrating Conservation Week and the Great Kereru Count - Planting at Pearl Creek
(Sunday 11th September 2016)

To celebrate Conservation Week 10 -18 September and also to take part in the Great Kereru Count 16 - 25 September we shall be planting kowhai and other food trees to attract Kereru at Pearl Creek.

Wear good footwear and bring your favourite spade if you have one, though spades are provided.

Pearl Creek is at the end of Cotterell Rd, off Appleby Highway

Contact Jo 544 9666, 0211169877, for further info

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Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Spring Fair
(Sunday 11th September 2016)

Wander through Fairy Land and conquer the Medieval Challenge. Enjoy live performances, savour delicious foods and create beautiful handcrafts. Win fantastic local goods at the Silent Auction. Shop for books, clothing, plants, homemade produce, unique hand-crafted dolls and toys.

A wonderful day out to be enjoyed and remembered by the whole family.

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Second Hand Sunday
(Sunday 11th September 2016)

Second Hand Sunday is for householders with items that are no longer being used and could happily be given away.

People taking part in Second Hand Sunday simply leave unwanted items on their driveway for others to take away for free. Just no food, faulty electrical goods, chemicals or firearms.

Register online at or using search phrase: second hand sunday before 9am Thursday 8 September. You will be able to download and print a letterbox poster from the website or pick up a poster from Council Customer Service Centres to put on your letterbox so everyone knows you are taking part in Second Hand Sunday.

The list of households taking part will be available on the Council websites from midday Friday 9th for those who wish to take away items.
Second Hand Sunday will take place come rain or shine!
For more detailed information, visit or

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Explore Your 'Self' - Yogic Lifestyle Retreats
(Monday 12th–Sunday 18th September 2016)

This is an opportunity for self-discovery and development in a supportive environment surrounded by some of the most stunning nature NZ has to offer. No previous yoga experience necessary - everybody is welcome!

The programme includes:

• Hatha yoga classes
• Small group discussions
• Guided meditation
• Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily chanting
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

Anahata Trained teachers invite you to join us for this week long retreat.

Start Time: 3.00pm Monday - arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday
Complimentary pick up: Monday 8th February 2pm Takaka I-site
Complimentary drop off: Sunday 14th February 11am back to Takaka I-site

Payment is for 6 nights*
Early Bird - NZ$550 (payment due by 12th August 2016)
Standard - NZ$595
Camping - NZ$525

*Prices include shared accommodation, all meals and the full retreat programme. A discounted rate of $50 per night applies if staying the night immediately before or after the retreat. Limited private room options are available, to find out more, please email us directly.

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Richmond Library: Law For Lunch - Setting up Family Trusts
(Thursday 15th September 2016)

How do you go about setting up a family trust?

What legal requirements must you meet?

Peter Riley from Nelson Bays Community Law will cover some of the basics of setting up family trusts in this free Law for Lunch session.

Bring your lunch or grab a bite to eat from the Library Café.

Numbers are limited to 50.

No bookings required.

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Hope School Country Fair
(Saturday 17th September 2016)

Hope School Country Fair and Silent Auction
A great day out for all the family!

Saturday 17 September, 10am to 2pm.
316 Paton Road, Hope

Featuring our silent auction, plant and tree sale, yummy local food and drinks, fresh local produce, homemade baking & preserves, raffles and prize wheel, farm animals, live entertainment, funfair games, pony rides and bouncy castle (weather permitting), free activities for under 5s and a massive second hand sale.

Eftpos available. Rain or shine.

For details and Silent Auction previews please visit

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The Immigrants
(Saturday 17th September 2016)

Country rock from local band The Immigrants. Nuggets of golden sound to get you on the dance floor.

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Lower Moutere School "Step into Spring" Fun Run/Walk
(Sunday 18th September 2016)

A 5km fun run/walk around the glorious Lower Moutere. Run the Nelson Bike trail and climb the gentle hills to fantastic views of Tasman Bay.
Join all the runners and supporters at the school for prize giving and raffles.
Registration starts at 9:15 on the day or you can pre book your spot by ringing 0210662896.
Food and drink will be available and there will be spot prizes, fancy dress prizes and raffles.
$5 per person or $15 a family. This is a great way to kick off those winter blues and Step into Spring

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Apirana Taylor - Live Poets Society
(Thursday 22nd September 2016)

The Live Poets evening kicks off with local musician Patrick Riddett and an open mic session follows. Our guest poet Apirana Taylor takes the stage around 8 pm. After a break, the second open mic session will roll from 9 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at

Thanks to Creative Communities for their support.

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Good Vibes 2016
(Thursday 22nd–Sunday 25th September 2016)

Good Vibes (GV) is New Zealand’s largest skydiving event, which is hosted annually at Skydive Abel
Tasman, Motueka. It was first launched in 2002 as a two day event to bring NZ’s skydiving
community together. Since then it has grown and we anticipate that we will have around 70
participants over 4 days this year. This will be the 14th year! Come jump and play in the skies with us or just have fun watching!

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