Handmade soap, woodwork and jewellery were just a few of the creative items up for grabs at this year's Art in the Park.

The annual festival of arts and music was held at the Government Gardens yesterday .

Frances Berkers, one of the Art in the Park co-ordinators, said for the most part the event had stalls of all handmade arts and crafts.

It is run by The Arts Village with funding from Rotorua Arts Village Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and Creative Communities Rotorua.

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She said they had been a bit worried as it was "bucketing down" just before they started at 10am, but it had begun to clear up.

She said the event was great for the arts community as it gave good exposure for the stall holders.

It was also a great family day out and an opportunity for people to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind items, she said.

One of the stalls belonged to the Geyserland Guild of Woodworkers. The guild also had demonstrations going, which many stopped to watch.

Member Dave Page said they attended Art in the Park every year and usually were at the Arts Village markets too.

He said it had always been a well supported event with a lot of stalls and people around.

"It's just a great event and a pity the weather hasn't been favourable this time."

Local woman Leslie Goddard said the event had a nice combination of art and music, to show off local talents.

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She said she came back every year to see the local talent and new stalls.

Artist Leigh Aitchison said she found Art in the Park inspiring, giving her a chance to get ideas and talk to others.

Meanwhile the Fairy Picnic also took place in the Government Gardens.

Organiser Kay McGregor said about four fairies, maybe more, along with some "wonderful" adults came along dressed up and brought their picnics.