Update - September 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/09/2011

If you’re visiting our region welcome, we hope you’re having a good time. We’ve got so much to show you, take your time and enjoy our neck of the woods and the beaches too. It’s great to see the All Blacks are doing well at the RWC, and the NZ Warriors playing in the League Grand Final this Sunday. Daylight Saving’s kicked back in and there’s not long to go before we get a three day weekend! Then again, it’s only 89 days until Christmas, and 13 weeks and 5 days to 2012!

Starting Friday we’ve got a fantastic mix of events and activities with something for all ages and tastes. Goldfest is about giving it a go, having some fun and getting involved. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up. Get into it!
Download the Goldfest 2011 programme.

Hollywood comes to Waihi with the Waihi Girl Guides Hollywood Ball Fundraiser for their 2012 Jamboree. 9 to 14 year olds are going to have a ball, with door and spot prizes, $5 photos for the album and glow products for sale. $10 gets you in and that includes nibbles. It’s on from 6 pm to 10 pm, and tickets are at school offices and the BNZ. Who’s your favourite character? Dress up and get into it. Who will be crowned King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the Ball? And remember for the grown ups Audiosmith are playing at the Sterling on Seddon St tomorrow night too. What a great way to kick off Goldfest!

Sales, specials, local entertainment, music, a trolley derby, Waihi’s local NZ’s men’s and women’s trampoline champions exhibition, stalls, rides for the youngies, food and refreshments for everyone … sounds like downtown Waihi’s a good place to be next Saturday, October 8th between 9 am and mid afternoon. Come along, check out everything that’s happening and get in early with some great bargains through the shops. Get in early for Christmas and my birthday!

The Trolley Derby countdown is on for next Saturday, October 8th. Entry forms are on the website, and at the Waihi HDC office, Waihi Library and at Gold FM. It’s free to enter, open to all ages and there aren’t too many rules. Downtown Waihi will be a fun place to see all the action trackside, if you’re not entering that is!

Waihi Lions need some hay bales for our Trolley Derby to line parts of the course. Returned afterwards, they’re just needed on Saturday October 8th. We’re after the standard square ones. If you can help out please give Kevin a call on 07 863 5730.

Through October shop locally and you could be $1,000 better off with the Go Waihi Pot of Gold. Every purchase you make gives you a chance. And you’re supporting our local businesses so it’s good for our community. Look for the signs in participating shops and good luck.

The number of Crunchie Bars, that’s what. Yes it’s back for Goldfest with New World offering $100, $75 and $50 vouchers to the three closest entries. Shops through town will have any number of Crunchie Bars hidden in their windows. The competition will run through the school holidays, more details closer to then.

At next Wednesday’s Business After 5 Meeting we’re going to have a look at an industry leader based here in Waihi. Purvis Industries will enlighten us about what they do, and we’ll be shown around their business. If you’re a Waihi business owner or manager please RSVP, and then meet us after 5 pm in their foyer. You can park in the Mitre 10 car park.

Weather permitting another Rotary Club of Waihi Car Boot Sale starts at 8.30 am this Sunday in the Waihi Memorial RSA car park on Seddon St. Just turn up with $6 for a stall. That money is well used by Rotary for projects in our own community. It always amazes me the variety of things for sale, and it constantly changes. A good way to start your Sunday.

Next Sunday, October 9th, Gilmour Lake will look like a harbour with boats, ships, yachts and steamboats chugging and sailing their way around. With some of these model boats up to 3 metres and more, it will look pretty impressive. They’re always happy to have a chat about their hobby too. Take the family, a friend and a picnic and enjoy the surroundings.


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