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  • Mahurangimatters 13 November 2013 | 27

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    Pirates, trains and a petting zoo are just some of the new features that will be part of the Wellsford Country Show this year.The show will take place on November 24 at Centennial Park, and a huge turnout is expected if the weather is fine.Organisers have signed up several new acts for the entertainment, including a singing pirate named Captain Festus McBoyle. A ride-on steam train called Sammie will ferry the little ones around, and In2it Street Games will provide activities for all ages. Old Macdonalds Travelling Farmyard will also be visiting for the first time.Although Wellsford is a rural town, not all local children are able to get up close to farm animals, says organiser Lynette Gubb. Children just love feeding the animals, she says.Wellsford Four Square is sponsoring a lolly scramble, and there will also be plenty of other favourites, like mini-Jeeps, the Warkworth and Wellsford Pipe Band, and paintball target shooting. The Albertland Pony Club and the Cattle, Calf and Lamb Club will also feature, as usual.The Wellsford Lions Club will have a huge raffle, and Darryl Ovens from Kumeu will be displaying his vintage engines and machinery.Although popular band Tempus Fugit will not be appearing this year, plenty of local talent will be on hand, including singer Emily Lentino, and acts organised by A+ Music, the Te Hana studio run by music tutor Martin Worthington.Plenty of food stalls have also signed up, although

    organisers are still keen to hear from people interested in taking craft and trade sites. There will be prizes for best trade stand, best community group, and best craft or food stall.Local businesses Poland Motors and Wilmot Toyota will be showing off their wares and they always tell us its worthwhile, says Lynette.Key sponsors include Quik Auto Services, Wellsford Pharmacy and Wellsford Sports & Leisure. Lynette says sponsors are vital to the event, which is run by a team of volunteers with no public funding. Were always keen to hear from more potential sponsors, she says.Donations include vouchers for SheepWorld and the Ti Point Reptile Park.The show began as the Wellsford A&P Show in 1910. It was renamed the Wellsford Country Show in 2011 after a brief hiatus.We want to keep it as part of the fabric of the community. The more support we get, the more we can offer people in the future, says Lynette.Pre-sales at early bird prices will take place by the Hospice Shop in Wellsford from 11.30am to 1pm on November 19, and from 11am to 2pm on November 20. Under 5s are free, but early birds can get tickets at $5 for adults and $2 for each child.While organisers are still frantically working behind the scenes to ensure the show is a success, Lynette says one thing she wont be worrying about is the weather as thats one thing she cant control.Theres a myth that it always rains for the Wellsford

    New attractions planned for Wellsford Country Show

    Show. But the day for the last two years has been wonderful. I got as burnt as a badger last year.Info: wellsfordcountryshow.com or phone Lynette on 021 116-8437.

    Captain Festus McBoyle

    Saturday 23rd November 2013, 9am 4pmCentennial Park, Wellsford

    See www.wellsfordcountryshow.com for more information phone Lynette 021 1168 437 or Edwina 09 423 9266

    email: wellsfordcountryshow@xtra.co.nz

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    LOTS OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

    PAINTBALL, MINI JEEPS & MOREPIRATES - CAPTAIN FESTUS MCBOYLE

    GATE PRICES: Under 5s FREE Child (5-14yrs) $3

    LOCAL ARTISTS ALL DAY ENTERTAINMENT LICENSED BAR YUMMY VARIETY OF FOOD

    TRADE SITES PONY CLUBOLD MCDONALDS TRAVELLING FARM YARD

    CATTLE, CALF AND LAMB COMPETITION

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    Preparations for Wellsfords Santa Parade on Saturday November 30 are underway, and organisers are promising the event will be terrific.Last year there were 27 floats, involving 240 people, with 1000 spectators. This year the number of floats is expected to rise to 30.The parade will begin at 11am and is expected to finish shortly after midday. The route will take in Station Road, Olympus Road, Matheson Road, Rodney Road, Harrison Street, and back onto Station Road. A cup and a trophy worth $600 and funded by former Local Board member June Turner and the BNZ bank will be awarded for the first time for best business float and best overall float.Organiser Tony Sowden says the event has been run since the Queens Parade in 1948 with the exception of one or two years due to bad weather. Wellsford is believed to be the only town in New Zealand that shuts SH1 for a Christmas parade.The centrepiece, Santas sleigh, used to be twice the size of the existing one and required six men to lift it when it was built 30 years ago.Former local firm Irwin Industrial

    New prizes planned for terrific Santa Parade

    Tools made it shorter and gave it a trailer 20 years ago and two years ago it had an upgrade including two new reindeer. Santa also got a makeover, with a new suit with Maori motif borders created by Tonys fashion designer daughter Kalya. The sleigh received new upholstery,

    new wheels, skirting around the trailer, and false grass carpet. It has been living in Tonys back yard and a new home is being sought. Theres no springs and the reindeer are very fragile so it cant be taken too far, he says.Tony has been running the parade for the past six years and says preparations

    start in February with quotes for the road closure.The Wellsford Promotions committee seeks funding from local businesses and usually raises around $1500. Costs cover $600 in prizes, $300 in advertising for the road closure and $400 for a computer, paper and lollies.Floats fall into three categories: youth, community and business. First place in the community and youth sections gets $150, while second prize gets $100, and third prize gets $50.Tony says new Auckland Council health and safety is 60 pages long and onerous to put together. Its very strong on lost children. A man and a woman have to escort the child to the Police Station. Its stupid because theres nobody at the Police Station. Theyre all in the parade.He says the beauty of the parade is that it involves kids in a major extravaganza for the first time in their lives.To start with theyre scared and pensive. Its a new world and theres crowds of people. By the end of the parade theres a lolly scramble and its all over. By the next year theyre waving and into it. It makes you warm inside knowing youve done something for kids to help them come out of themselves.

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    Wellsfords inaugural Twilight Christmas Market will be a fun evening out for the whole family. Around 40 stalls are expected as well as a barbecue, bouncy castle and carol singers.The idea for the Tomarata School fundraiser was born at the towns Womens Expo in June.Ingrid McCracken of the schools SWAT (Support Work and Achieve Together) team says feedback from the expo, which was attended by 135 women, was we need something like this before Christmas.She contacted all those selling products and received a positive response.The event will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre on Saturday November 23 from 6pm to 9pm. Bing Crosby tunes will get people into the festive vibe, and lights will decorate the building. Stalls will be set up outside, while a bouncy castle donated by Angela Brady will be available inside for children aged up to 8. The room will be supervised by student teacher Ashleigh Reid and there will also be art and craft activities for older children, allowing adults to browse the stalls in peace.School supporter Gail Collins is baking six large cakes and 18 smaller cakes with $100 worth of ingredients donated by Dayne and Jolie Riddell of Wellsfords Top Four Square.Ingrid will be selling bags on behalf of retiree Janece Walton from Waipu.I met