Organisers ready to roll out welcome wagons

THE last of the Festivale stallholders will set up temporary shops in City Park today in preparation for the event's opening at 5.30pm.

Festivale chairwoman Lou Clark said the preparations for the three-day event had gone smoothly.

``We've got marquees up, umbrellas, tables and chairs, the toilets are in _ it's all ready to go,'' Ms Clark said.

``It's pretty amazing how it all comes together... it's like a little city.''

Last night, a cocktail party was held to launch the event, which is in its 25th year.

Ms Clark said the park's layout was fairly similar to previous years, but with one exception.

``We have introduced a buskers' pitch this year to host our international buskers, which we haven't had for a few years,'' she said.

``So if people are entering from the Tamar Street entrance, the first thing they're going to see is the buskers.''

Festivale will continue tomorrow from 11am and on Sunday from 10am.

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