ONE hundred food vendors and exhibitors have registered for this year's Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival.
Vodafone's sponsorship manager Liga Gukisuva said preparations were in their final stages and 90 per cent of all work had been done.
He said apart from the food stalls, they would implement three activities to make the festival a memorable one.
"Apart from the 70 food stalls already registered, there will be three new rides that will be implemented this year that is something people can look forward to.
"The other interesting thing we want to emphasise is the participation of a magic show group from India and the very popular bakanawa race."
Mr Gukisuva said the idea behind the bakanawa race - a race involving various models of traditional canoes - was to revive activities people had forgotten.
"It helps us to reinstate the art of building a canoe and building the interest of the kids to know some of the heritage and ways our ancestors used to travel here in Fiji."
He said a kindergarten tent would also be set up for parents who were busy with work.
Also, a Financial Inclusion Village organised by the Reserve Bank of Fiji would feature at the festival.
Mr Gukisuva said the tent would be open to those who wanted to know more about starting their own business.
"It will help kids and those who want to know more about financial planning, how people can become entrepreneurs and manage their finances better to ensure they have a sustainable lifestyle."
The festival will commence on Saturday.
Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival Program
* 10am-12noon: Talents run through
* 2pm-4pm: Research topic presentation
* 6pm-10pm: Butu Pala main stage with Mr Ben and Lopo
* 11am-1pm: March from Flea Market to Albert Park
* 2.30pm-3.30pm: Official opening of the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival
* 6pm-7pm: Appearance of contestants for the Kings and Queens categories
* 7pm-9pm MC: Kaila Star Search final