Update October 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/10/2013

Goldfest is well underway. The first week of the holidays were pretty busy, and there‘s no let up for week two. The adults are well catered for too. There’ve been plenty of visitors and the weather’s played ball for the best part of it too. Goldfest still has another three weeks to go until October 31, so get a programme and take part in everything that’s on offer. Remember, rule number one is to have FUN!

Saying thank you is a big little thing, and worth the effort. With our annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby there are a few who deserve a big thanks, Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club for their efforts running the races on Saturday for starters. Then there’s all those who went to the trouble to build and enter their trolleys to race down Haszard St. Our major sponsors also deserve recognition as without this support we couldn’t put these sorts of days on, so much appreciated MacMahons and Leichons, your support of this town event called Goldfest is truly appreciated. Then there’s the crowd that turns up to see the thrills and spills and soak up the atmosphere, and the shops and stores that go to the effort to make the most it and get in behind the day. Long may this support continue.

This Monday at midday entries close for the Go Waihi Guess the Number of Crunchie Bars Competition. There are a lot of fitter people about after walking the main streets of Waihi looking in shop windows to count all the Crunchies. Entry forms are at most stores and entry boxes are at the HDC office in Seddon St, the visitor centre, Waihi Library and Gold FM. There are lists in some of the shop windows of all stores taking part, and the streets have been divided up so it’s easier to keep tally of which shops you’ve looked at. Good luck, there’s $100, $75 and $50 for the closest entries. Winners will be announced on Friday next week at 8.10 am on Gold FM.

WACMA has Team Challenges on tomorrow; there are more ‘Beyond the Pit’ Goldmine Tours on and Jarred Fell performs at the Waihi Memorial Hall. Saturday sees the International Academy putting on the free Formosa Experience at Waihi Memorial Hall from 11 am, with 20 Taiwanese students performing the Lion Dance, riding unicycles, playing ancient traditional instruments and wowing the crowd and on Sunday there’s a combined Boats On Gilmour Day with model boats galore on display and the water. The XTerra Trail Challenge is coming up, there’s a Kite Day and the Big Gold Dig too. Programmes are around town and here on our website.

The Go Waihi Pot of Gold Stop, Shop & Win Promotion gives you the chance to win 1000 $1 coins, just by shopping in Waihi. Participating shops have a box for you to put your entry form in after making a purchase and the more you shop locally the more times you can enter, right through Goldfest until October 31. $1000 would be nice to win, just for shopping locally too!

Saturday’s the last day for voting in the local body elections, so if you haven’t posted your form in then you’d best drop it off at the HDC offices in Seddon St Waihi to get there on time. You have a say so use it to help select those who will represent you on council for the next three years. But hurry!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Funny, I don’t remember being absent minded!!