Update - 20 September

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/09/2012

One more weekend and we’re back into daylight saving for another six months. I’m an early starter so will be back in the dark first thing in the morning, but I still enjoy the extra daylight at the other end of the day. Remember to check your smoke detector batteries. We’re already seeing a lot of visitors heading our way with the warmer weather and the roads are getting busier. October’s looking good with lots on around the district, and the school holidays are on the way in just over a week too. Time flies when you’re a school teacher.

Juniors, intermediates and seniors all take the stage tonight from 6.30 pm this Friday for the finals of Waihi’s Got Talent 2012 with Waihi Beach Memorial RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi. Join the crowd for some fantastic entertainment as contestants compete for the $200 for themselves as well as the $1000 for their school. That’s $3600 total prize money over the three categories. There’ll be dancing, singing, piano and guitar solos as well as acts on stage, and if the last two weeks are anything to go by the audience will be taking part as well. Get along and cheer on these very talented students from Waihi and Waihi Beach. PS … it’s free entry.

Throw in a Garage Sale and you’ve got one heck of a good Saturday morning and early afternoon to enjoy. Waimata School on State Highway 2 just a couple of km’s south of Waihi is turning it on tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm with all the fun of the fair. There’ll be plenty of food and refreshments, stalls, rides and entertainment as the school raises funds for their woodland area and senior playground. Support them if you can, this is a major fundraiser for the school, and hey, let’s be honest, these days are a lot of fun – and not just for the kids! For last minute stalls quickly ring 07 863 8020.

It amazes me when you ask “What’s happening in October let me know?”, and you hear of over 50 events and things for people to do, all in and around Waihi. That’s pretty impressive. We’d like you to be part of Goldfest, enjoying the entertainment, trying something a bit different and having a good time. Programmes will be all around town next week and on our website too. Have a look, make a note of things you’d like to check out, and get involved. Lots are free, others there’s a small charge, but either way it won’t to break the bank, and there really is a lot for all ages to enjoy. And thanks to everyone hosting events and festivities, you’re awesome with a capital O?!

With Goldfest each year comes the challenge for Waihi shops and businesses to come up with a window with a difference. The Go Waihi Best Dressed Window is a lot of fun, both for those dressing them, and everyone who heads into town to look at the finished product. This year’s theme is ‘Spring’, which should open the door for some interesting displays. Remember if your business or shop doesn’t have much window space, the judges will also be looking inside and at staff too. Time, effort and creativity are the only criteria, and the competition runs for the first week of October during the school holidays.

For the school holidays we’ve brought back one of the favourites of Goldfest, the Guess the Number of Cadbury Crunchie Bars Competition. With $100, $75 and $50 New World vouchers up for grabs, you can guarantee a lot of interest will be paid to the windows downtown in Waihi. It’s not just the youngies taking a close look at the windows trying to find the ‘hidden’ Crunchies either. Parents, grandies and adults get plenty of exercise walking through town as well. Entry forms will be in lots of shops.

Stop shop and win! During the school holidays you can enter to win the Pot of Gold, a pot full of 1000 $1 coins. It’s as simple as shopping in Waihi between October 1 and 14. Most shops will have entry forms. Once you’ve bought something jot your name and contact details on the form in the shop, place it in the entry box and then … shop some more for more chances to win the Pot of Gold. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 16 October. I’ll have more details on this next week.

We’d like more. Have you got an entry form from Waihi Library, Waihi HDC office or Gold FM? You can also download one. Get one, read the rules (there’s only a few), fill it out and get it back to us. Then it’s just a case of working on the driving skills and looking at maximum speed getting around the corner on Saturday October 6. We have the Emergency Services Challenge with Waihi Fire and Rescue, the Police, St John Ambulance and new this year, Waihi Beach Coastguard. There’re six primary schools who have kitset trolleys to build, paint and race in the inter schools challenge with Waihi Police Bluelight. And then there’s you. Remember it’s free to enter, and we’ll get things underway as soon after midday as we can so you get as many runs in as possible. Did I mention it’s free to enter?


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