The Trade Days are normally the only time you can buy fine and top quality products from the outer islands and that’s precisely what drew hardy shoppers to the muddy markets.
The Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB), organisers of the annual Trade Day that runs in line with the Te Maeva Nui celebrations, did their best to shelter vendors and shoppers - with a grounds man shovelling shingle to provide less muddy footing, which was appreciated by shoppers.
Visitors to the islands were happy enough to don ponchos and shop for arts and crafts while local residents made a bee-line for some of the food stalls.
Ru and the Boys’ smooth melodies relaxed the shoppers, and cultural performers in traditional costumes brought colour to the event.
The weather forecast for today is for more rain, forcing BTIB to cancel today’s event however at this stage – Thursday and Friday’s Trade Days are still on.