Update September 11

Posted by Go Waihi on 11/09/2014

We’re heading into another weekend, and the afternoons are starting to lean towards that late afternoon barbecue, you know, just to check everything’s sorted and running smoothly. But once you start eh, it’s hard to stop. Ok, I admit it; I’m a bit of an addict. But it’s an addiction I share with a lot of other Kiwis, one I’m pretty proud of. Al fresco may be the phrase these days, but having the old barbie outdoors has been a part of our lifestyle for a long time, and long may it continue. Enough on that subject, I’m getting hungry. Goldfest is a month long festival around Waihi worth checking out. Something for everyone is the aim, and if you’re keen you’ll have a great time, whatever your age. Yes, kids and adults will have some neat things to enjoy, take part in, watch and more. I won’t let too many things out of the bag, but the programme out later this month will. More on that below, let’s check out some things happening around the Waihi region.

We are always surprised each year with a new event or two, and this year we aren’t disappointed. We get underway from late September with this month long festival in and around Waihi. There’s something for just about everyone. Age doesn’t matter, and whether you’ve tried something before or not doesn’t either. Taking part is encouraged, and bringing friends and family along too is almost mandatory. What’s coming up includes some of our favourites, along with a one off extravaganza and a great family day out too. Programmes are being pieced together as you read this now that most of the activities are confirmed. And a huge thanks to those who have put their hand up to show off Waihi as a happening place. With 40 or 50 events through the month, we aren’t short on things to do around here. And a huge thanks to our major sponsors, MacMahons and Leicons. It’s your continued support that makes it possible for us to put on these town events.

Opportunity is knocking for some entertainers during Goldfest to get street side through the school holidays and put on a show for visitors and locals downtown. What do you do, sing, dance, juggle, swallow swords, card tricks, maybe all of the above? Have you got a spare day over the holidays? What about the rest of October? It could be worth putting in the effort and getting in touch with Go Waihi. And please, spread the word, we’re happy to share the opportunities around if we can.

Put the two together and then all you need is a whole pile of people downtown in Waihi enjoying the morning browsing, buying, soaking up the entertainment and enjoying Waihi’s Market Day before the Trolley Derby and Skateboard Competition. You could be part of the day with a stall, if you get in touch in time that is. We’re after stalls that are different. Watchamacallits, thingamebobs, howsyourfathers, food and fresh produce maybe, what have you got? And do you want to find a new home for it? Then get in touch with Go Waihi pronto - you can download an application form here. There are a limited number of sites, so everyone gets a fair shake of the stick – that’s the plan!

Trolleys and skateboards will rule Haszard St in Waihi on Saturday 4 October. Entry forms for the Go Waihi Trolley Derby and Skateboard Comp are at Fowlers Surf and Fashion in Seddon St Waihi, Hauraki District Council Service Centre and library in Rosemont Rd, at Gold FM and here on our website. Easy! Get one, fill it out and you’re away with the wind blowing in your hair (don’t panic if you don’t have as much as in the past - yes adults are expected to enter too), cruising around the corner and on to the finish line, only to repeat the exercise as many times as you can. Fun, exhilarating, exciting, scary, awesome ... and these are all comments from the spectators! Free is another popular word. The Emergency Services Challenge looks set for some fast and furious action with Whangamata St John getting their ‘flyer’ set to enter. Skaties, don’t miss out on the great prizes from Fowlers Surf & Fashion.

This is a good thing because people would end up going to the wrong place to help raise funds for Waihi Beach School and their fund raising Horse Racing Night. Starting at 7 pm please note it’s an R18, meaning they’ll have alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on sale, nibbles served, a courtesy vehicle available, and a great night’s music with Ground Support. $15 tickets are available before the night at the school office and at La Diva in Waihi, or on the night it’s $20. The dapper dressed could win best dressed him or her, the headwear might win you a prize too, and just for turning up for a good time could see you the proud recipient of the door prize on offer.

A quick reminder that for $3 you can get along on Wednesday 24 September to the Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogists Society meeting at the Bridge Club Hall in Union St. Ideal for those new to genealogy you’ll hear about how the Tauranga Family History Centre could see you on your way to discovering your family roots a little deeper. It starts at 1 pm and Harriet can answer your questions on 07 863 6063.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules.