Tents filled with teddy bears, fairies and butterflies lined Emerson St and the lawn yesterday as the 2017 Gatsby Picnic lived up to expectations. Despite rain affecting numbers, people from around the North Island still flocked to Napier to set up their picnic spots in hope of having the most elegant gazebo.

Napier pair Sarah de Vos and Cate Alizzi were one of those vying for the title and just hours later were crowned the winners for their Teddy Bear's Picnic themed tent. Ms de Vos said they came up with the theme when they found out the lyrics for the Teddy Bear's Picnic were created in 1932.

"We already had lots of teddy bears scattered around our houses with eight children between us and I have been collecting vintage items for about 20 years so it seemed like it would work well."

Decked out with teddy bears of all sizes, rocking horses, cupcakes and children the tent stood out from the rest. According to the judges from Dilmah Tea, the pair displayed authenticity and a depth of emotion.

Dilmah Tea marketing director Dilhan Fernando felt the Teddy Bear's Picnic was a sincere presentation. "It was a traditional theme and displayed a living presentation of a family where the kids were all apart of it. It was very well done."

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