The Wizard worked his magic - and the sun shone.
When the gates for yesterday's Victorian Fete officially opened a big crowd had already gathered and they were certainly ready to enjoy all the celebrations, entertainment and stalls which lined the streets.
With rain affecting parts of Saturday's programme, including some of the penny farthing races, organisers were hopeful of a fine day for the fete and were not disappointed.
Fete co-ordinator Faye Ormandy described the whole event as "fantastic".
"The weather is everything and we have visitors from all over New Zealand and many parts of the world, just wanting to be part of our annual celebrations," she said.
"Late last week, the Victorian Wardrobe was very, very busy as people wanted to get their costumes and everywhere you look, the costumes are fabulous.
"Overall, the celebrations have just been fantastic and apart from the wet weather on Saturday, the programme has gone without a hitch."
"Everyone involved should be very proud."
Tourist numbers were boosted by the Taieri Gorge Railway, which put on a day trip from Dunedin. However, for those staying in town, accommodation in Oamaru over the weekend was close to saturation.
As the duty motel, the Midway Motel on Thames Hwy, had collated a list of available accommodation from all providers, including motels, bed and breakfast and backpackers, in readiness for the weekend.
"I knew accommodation could be in short supply, especially as there were three weddings over the weekend and three funerals late last week, plus the Victorian celebrations," said a spokeswoman for the motel.
"The list proved invaluable and between the providers, we were able to accommodate everyone.
"It was a great example of everyone working together."
Joining in the celebrations was Christchurch woman Johanna van Beyere, who has attended every fete.
She was the person who enthused locals to dress up and celebrate links with their Victorian heritage, Mrs Ormandy said.
Miss van Beyere said fete day 2012 was simply terrific.
"It just keeps on getting better and the crowds are in great spirits," she said.
With the Victorian celebrations over for another year, organisers of the annual event can now take a break before planning for the 2013 edition begins in the New Year.