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Steamed up . . . Helen Jansen (left), aka La Falconesse, Leslie Craven, aka Colonel Sir Julius Hawthorne, Jane Craven, aka Mrs Hudson (the younger), and Iain Clark, aka Agent Darling, chase down a teapot at the Steampunk NZ Festival last year. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

Steampunk enthusiasts from all parts of the country will soon flock to Oamaru to celebrate the Steampunk NZ Festival.

Festival co-organiser Helen Jansen said she was “over the moon” about the upcoming event.

Visitors attending the festival could expect to see a variety of activities and events, she said.

The weekend officially starts with op-shop hunting and a steampunk social gathering on May 31.

A steampunk-themed book launch and after-party, which will be held at the Loan and Merc, will follow on June 1.

The following day, people can take part in a variety of events such as the steampunk parade, a steampunk market, tea-duelling championships and teapot racing.

Sunday, June 3, will be the last day of the day of the festival and will feature parasol duelling, a steampunk fashion show, monster pot racing, and the highly anticipated steampunk gala ball, which runs from 7.30pm until midnight.

Other events and activities featured throughout the week would include tintype photography, building workshops and the Irishman’s rally.

“Things are just growing and there will be many more things in town,” Ms Jansen said.

Although it was hard to put a figure on the number of visitors likely to come to the festival, she was optimistic this year’s event would draw in large crowds.

The steampunk scene was exploding in Oamaru, and one of the obvious reasons was the town’s Victorian precinct.

“Nowhere in the world is quite so uniquely Victorian.”

Ms Jansen looked forward to seeing both old and new faces participating in the annual celebrations.

More information about the festival can be found at the steampunknz.co.nz website.