Inspiring talk at festival

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Tickets are still available for an inspirational talk by the first Kiwi to walk to the South Pole unsupported. 

Adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald is due to speak at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall next Thursday night, during the town’s Autumn Festival. 

Thousands are expected to attend the annual 10-day celebration and tickets for popular events are scarce. Next Saturday’s Art 2 Wear Show has already sold out, while a small number are left for Saturday’s cabaret featuring The Beat Girls. 

But there’s still a chance to hear Fitzgerald, host of TV’s First Crossings documentary series. 

Festival organiser Sarah Swale says: “Jamie will add some variety to the programme and inspire young businesspeople, all ages in fact, with his experiences. It will allow people to reassess their goals. It’s something a little bit different.” 

Other highlights include the annual street parade this Saturday, with an aerobatic display by pilot Ivan Krippner in his Pitts Special S2B in the skies above, this Sunday’s Pub to Pub Challenge and next Sunday’s Rubber Duck Race. More than 500 people are expected to attend Sunday’s Pie & Pint Festival on the Village Green. 

Organ­­isers have doubled the number of gourmet pies and tripled the number of glasses for craft beers. 

The 2013 festival runs from tomorrow till next Sunday and features more than 50 events.