There is light after the lockdown: Counting down to the Coro 200 Illume Festival The COVID-19 pandemic saw the cancellation and postponement of many events in the Coromandel. The good news is, the Coro 200 Illume Festival will light up Coromandel Town in the first weekend of the September school holidays. The popular festival has been rescheduled for Friday 25 - Saturday 26 September. Coromandel-Colville Community Board Chairman Peter Pritchard says, what better way to start the school holidays than with an event that previously helped put Coromandel Town on the map as an event destination. "We are encouraging local businesses to get behind this event and participate in the Saturday night parade. You can decorate anything from floats, cars, trailers, push prams, or just yourself," Mr Pritchard says. Laurna White, our Council’s Communications and Economic Development Group Manager, says this is great opportunity for our local community groups and clubs to fundraise. Here’s what’s on over the weekend: The Powerco night markets will take place on the Friday and Saturday evenings. To register your interest for a night market contact Daniel Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Friday 25 September there will be a DJ performing at the Barry Brickell Memorial Stage. The Disney Kids Zone will also be on Friday night for parents to take their children to enjoy a variety of fun Disney activities at the Hauraki House. On Saturday 26 September there will be a themed ball at the Coromandel Citizens Hall. Tickets for the ball are $30 each and can be bought at the Coromandel Information Centre, 74 Kapanga Road. In addition to this there will be live music at the Samuel James Reserve. A dedication for the HMS Coromandel will be at 11am Saturday at the Whangarahi Reserve followed by a commemorative planting at the Albert Street Reserve. To celebrate the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the visit of the Royal Navy Ship ‘Coromandel,’ after which the town and our peninsula are named. The street parade will follow on Saturday evening. There will also be the Richardsons Real Estate fireworks display over the town on Saturday evening, when the live music will continue at Samuel James Reserve. How can local businesses get involved? We are encouraging local businesses to get on board and light up their shop facades and window displays. Get creative - this is your chance to show people how amazing our town is. Inspire your menu to create a ‘Coro 200 special’ for customers to taste over the weekend. There will be a prize for the best Illume-inated business, compliments of the Coromandel Town Chronicle. The winner will receive a full colour page advertorial in the Coromandel Town Chronicle for their business. Get your thinking caps on and motivate other local businesses to get involved too. Keep an eye on tcdc.govt.nz and follow our Council Facebook page for future event details. If you have any urgent festivalquestions email Daniel Smith at email@example.com visit tcdc.govt./coro200.