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Heartland - Alexandra

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1995

Since 1957 the Central Otago town of Alexandra has welcomed spring with its famous Blossom Festival. In this episode of 1990s doco series Heartland, Gary McCormick experiences Alexandra at its icy best before the weather warms and the three-day event is held. Gold dredging boomed in the 1900s before stone fruit, farming and horticulture became the town's moneymakers. The locals pour hours of creativity into building remarkable floats for the festival street parade. McCormick also meets 'Princesses' Renata, Leda, Gabrielle, Julie — and sole 'Prince' Tony — all vying to be crowned 1995's Blossom Festival Queen.

I'm a farmer... trekking through the snow at the moment trying to keep the sheep alive. Things aren't much fun out there at the moment.
– Farmer Donny Maclean on the realities of farming in July in Central Otago

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Anson Grieve Productions

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Made with funding from NZ On Air