Throngs pack Paihia IT! Festival

NAO 28Oct13 - SUCKER: Almo Rawiri, of Turangi, won the kina-sucking contest. PACKED: It was a sell-out at the IT! Festival.PIE MUNCHER: Whangarei's Cameron Eyre won the pie-eating contest and reckons coming from a big family taught him the skill of eating fast.LEGEND: The man himself, Dave Dobbyn, returns to the Far North for the IT Festival, fresh from his induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.GOOD TASTE: Maria ``I Just Love Oysters'' Halliday, from Kerikeri, proves it by winning the eating contest for women.ABOUT TO ROCK: Classic music didn't deter heavy metal fan Blair Mitchell of Whangarei from stating his preference.PRACTICE: A new arrival from Taupo is 5-month-old Tyle Hogarth who gets in training for festivals of the future.TEAM EFFORT: A party of Fire Service volunteers from Kaitaia enjoy the day.