Update October 23

Posted by Go Waihi on 23/10/2014

Sshhh, don’t tell anyone but we’ve got a three day weekend and the perfect place to enjoy it too. Oops, looks like a few others have heard and are on their way. Take it easy if you’re travelling, lots of other people are too and on roads they don’t know. Friends, family, a bit of down time and a good time are what it’s all about. There’s lots to see and do and lots of places to relax around our Peninsular. And talk about friendly locals, they’ll have a smile, lots of information about the region and if you’re lucky they might even tell you where the big ones are biting (and that’s not mozzies). Waihi’s Goldfest continues with plenty on this weekend and it’s traditionally that time of year when a lot of bach owners clear the cobwebs too.

Waihi Association Football Club’s two day tournament Saturday and Sunday at Morgan Park will have some great action with fast short games between the ten teams across both days, culminating with the finals Sunday afternoon. Food and refreshments are available and they’d love to have you sideline. Meanwhile in the historic Waikino Victoria Hall between 10 am and 4 pm each day you have the opportunity to check out the fantastic mix of art on display, see who won which award in the five categories and who took out the Supreme Award, and maybe pick up a piece or two as all artwork is for sale, and at reasonable prices.

Add these into your ‘things to do’ list. 2.30 pm until 7 pm Waihi Beach School has their Fun Fair. Afternoon tea and dinner are covered, amusement rides will keep you amused, there’s a scary room, horizontal bungee, pig on a spit, oops that’s back to the food, raffles, stalls with all sorts and family entertainment, not to mention a great selection of food and refreshments, damn I did it again! Oktoberfest is being celebrated at Waitete Restaurant from 5 pm, always a great night, bookings (and lots of oompa) essential.

Whiritoa Volunteer Rural Fire Force’s annual Car Boot Sale runs from 9 am to 1 pm at Whiritoa Fire Hall, where the Library Book Sale is happening too. Sausage sizzling their way through with some raffles this is a great fundraiser and a good start to your day. From 10 am to 4 pm Waihi Waterlily Gardens open their gates and gardens for their Spring Opening and Family Day. Walk the gardens, enjoy the music and entertainment. There’ll be a magician, live music, drama and stalls, with Devonshire teas and refreshments available. Entry’s free and you’re welcome to take a picnic. Then at 2 pm in front of Waihi Beach Surf Club it’s hands down and sand in the air with the annual Beach Christian Centre Big Gold Dig with prizes and fun for preschoolers and years 1 to 6, and it’s FREE!! Better not forget the Open Day at Waikino’s historic Victoria Battery site with the kiln tunnels, museum and narrow gauge railway all open and operating, for just a small fee. And Athenree Historic Homestead is open for tours and Devonshire Teas for $10. Book on 07 863 6448. They’re open between 10.30 am and 3 pm and you can get vintage photographs taken for $20 with lots of costumes available for all ages.

The $1000 Pot of Gold is going to someone who’s shopped locally in participating shops around Waihi across Goldfest, continuing through until the end of business on Friday October 31. Look for the sign in the window that they’re participating, make your purchase, fill out the form with your name and contact details and put it in the box on the counter. Then you just repeat the exercise as many times as you can to maximise your chances of winning on Tuesday November 4 when the Police draw someone’s name out to win 1000 $1 coins in a Pot of Gold with Go Waihi.

Part of Goldfest is the classic Guess the Number of Crunchie Bars Competition with Go Waihi and New World Waihi. It’s always fun watching hundreds of people walking the main streets of Waihi counting and recounting crunchies in the windows, at the same time taking in some fantastic products spread through the windows as well as getting a fitness workout. The total number of crunchies this year was 240, and we had eleven people who guessed it exactly. So it was a draw for the three vouchers with the $100 New World Voucher going to Samuel Carnes 5, the $75 voucher went to 7 year old Campbell Douglas, both from Waihi, while Flyn van der Zwan 7 from Athenree won the $50 voucher. Thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to do the rounds, New World Waihi and to all the shops that had to eat the crunchies before putting the wrappers in the window, your selflessness and dedication to the cause was appreciated.

Hetherington House has been busy getting the pathway around their property sorted for the residents, their family and friends to enjoy with the finer weather coming. It’s ready to go so they’ve set aside Saturday November 1 for their official Opening and Gala Event. From 11 am to 3 pm walk the pathway, enjoy all the stalls specials, some food and refreshments, a lot of music, a bit of drama, a magician, a chair for you to sit in when you get pooped and a damn good time for a great cause.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Does anyone have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?