Posted by Go Waihi on 04/10/2012
What a great start to Daylight Saving last weekend. The number of people who were out and about, tidying the section, sorting the BBQ, mowing the lawn, soaking up the sunshine, smiling and even hanging washing outside! School holidays are well underway, and there’s no excuse for being bored. Head for Waihi and enjoy Goldfest, and remember it’s not just for children; there are events for adults too. Programmes are here on our website. Whether you’re racing or watching, make sure you are downtown in Waihi on Friday for a fun day with a market downtown leading up to our annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions. Details follow. Now let’s organise another weekend of fine weather, and everyone will be smiling again.
CHECK OUT WAIHI’S BEST DRESSED
We’re talking windows here, and some of them are pretty highbrow, while others have gone for the low key approach with the theme of Spring this year. Our best dressed Window Competition has certainly got the shops and businesses thinking. We’ll announce the winners next week, and in the meantime, if you like a particular window, let them know. It makes their effort worthwhile.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $1000?
That question will be answered by someone in early November when we announce the winner of the Go Waihi Stop, Shop and Win Competition. We have 1,000 $1 coins in our Pot of Gold, and it could be yours. Just do your shopping in Waihi at stores with a sign in their window saying they’re taking part, fill out a form with your name and contact details, put it into the box, and then cross your fingers. Or you could better your chances by doing some more shopping in Waihi and entering again, and again, and again … you get the idea.
NUMBERS ARE UP
So are all the ‘hidden’ Crunchie Bars around the CBD of Waihi. Check the windows of most of the shops, count the Crunchies, grab an entry form available from most of the shops, fill it out and then pop the form into one of the entry boxes at Waihi Library, the Visitor Centre, Gold FM and at New World, who’s supplying $100, $75 and $50 vouchers to the three closest guesses. There are lists at these places of all the shops that have the Crunchies ‘hidden’, just to give you a little help.
GOLDFEST – COMING UP
FRIDAY October 5
8 pm to late band ‘Radio Baby’, The Sterling Bar, Seddon St. Good music, great night. 18+.
SATURDAY October 6
9.30 am - 4 pm: Goldfest Family History Seminar, Bridge Club, Union St, $10. Covering using computers for family history, the internet, digital photographs and more.
10 am - 2 pm: Trolley Derby and Market Day downtown. Live music through the street to add to the flavour, stalls through town, and of course the Go Waihi Trolley Derby starting just after midday. The Emergency Services Challenge will be fun, and the Inter School Race with Waihi Police Bluelight featuring 6 local primary schools who’ve built their trolleys from kitset will have school mates cheering them on as they head down Haszard St into Seddon St. Entry forms can be downloaded here. Remember some roads will be closed, and to stay behind the barriers for safety.
SUNDAY October 7
10 am: Boats On Gilmour, with the Waihi Model Boat Group, free, schooners, warships, steamboats, ketches, launches, cruise liners & yachts, lots of fun, talk to the enthusiasts, have a go with the hire boats, Gilmour Lake, take a picnic
10 am: Let’s Fly a Kite, free family fun at Island View Reserve, Seaforth Rd, Waihi Beach. Make, borrow or buy a kite and fly it, or get along and watch.
12 noon - 4 pm: Waihi Art Centre & Museum Open Day, free entry, guided tours hourly, Kenny St.
MONDAY October 8
Daily - Waihi Library School Holidays Programme. Complete puzzles and games and be in to win some library goodie bags.
TUESDAY October 9
10 am - midday: Give It A Go Badminton, Waihi Sport N Action Waihi Events Centre, $5, includes racquets, contact Pauline 863 7295
WEDNESDAY October 10
9.30 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm: ‘Beyond the Pit’ Goldfest Experience, Waihi Goldmine Tours, $10 adults, $5 child, max 11 per tour, see the mining process after the Pit, visit the processing plant, tailings and storage dam, 4, 1 hour tours, bookings essential, Waihi Visitor Centre, ph 863 9015.
10 am - 3 pm: Victoria Battery Tramway Waikino open guided underground tours, ride the narrow gauge railway and learn about the history in the gold mining museum, small cost may apply.
7 pm: Young Farmers Club Meeting, The Sterling Bar, Seddon St.
THURSDAY October 11
10 am - midday: Pit Rim Challenge, meet at Newmont Education Centre in Moresby Ave. Includes team building quiz & physical challenges. Great for parents & kids. Free, Spot prizes. Waihi Sport N Action, 863 7295
10 am - 2 pm: Mural in the Making, Waihi Library, school age children, with Waihi children’s librarian Karen, help create a story mural of the history of the gold mine.
Saturday week, October 13, the Xterra Trail Challenge is back for year three, with the addition of the ‘Kaimai Killer’, a 60 km run through the Karangahake Gorge. With four other not quite so hard options, all based at Dickey’s flat, there’s still time for you to challenge yourself and enter. Call into the Events Centre, or go to trailrun.co.nz for details and entry forms.
HERE’S A THOUGHT: If at first you don’t succeed, try not to look astonished.
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