Update September 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/09/2014

Firstly let’s plan for a little less sleep this weekend with Daylight Saving kicking in. An hour less sleep Sunday morning for a bit more daylight at the other end of the day sounds like a fairly decent deal. And then there are the school holidays. Goldfest in and around Waihi should take care of that. Adults and children are well catered for with all sorts for all sorts on offer. Here comes the month that has a three day weekend for us, and I bet I’m not the only one looking forward to it.

GOLDFEST IN A NUTSHELL
Well that’s not going to happen with over 50 events through the month. Goldfest is a celebration of everything about the Waihi area. It’s a fun time for all ages so take part in as much as you can. Programmes are your best bet, they’re around a lot of places and available to view and download from our website. Sport, educational, family fun, something new, some of your favourites, arty stuff, fireworks, runs and walks, maths work (counting Crunchie bars) and just relaxing and enjoying equals Goldfest. Just remember, like all Go Waihi events, rule No 1 is to HAVE FUN!

COMING UP TO GET GOLDFEST UNDERWAY
The long awaited Waihi Gold Discovery Centre opens its doors to the public with some neat surprises and unique features in upper Seddon St. Kids will love this and adults sure as heck haven’t been forgotten either. Forms for the Guess the Number of Crunchie Bars Competition with New World Waihi are in a lot of shops, and there are signs in several shop windows to let you know all the shops taking part. Waihi Library has a cool school holiday programme called Discover Gold, and Waihi Museum’s national quilt exhibition is on.

THEN THERE’RE THESE TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Waihi Bluelight has their free ball sports and skating at the Events Centre on Monday, the Beyond the Pit Goldfest Experience Mine Tours kick off on Tuesday with inexpensive unique tours, Waihi Sport N Action start their holiday programme with badminton Tuesday and Waihi Croquet Club invite you to their Open Day on Wednesday, your chance to have a go with the experts there to give you a hand.

LATER NEXT WEEK IS BUSY TOO
There’s a lot of history at the Victoria Battery at Waikino. Wednesday they’re holding an Open Day with guided underground tours, the narrow gauge railway working and volunteers with lots of knowledge about ‘the old days’ to share with you. Thursday and Sport Waikato hosts the Gear Up Girls Bike ride along the Hauraki Rail Trail for years 5 and 6, and there’s another free Bluelight Ball sports and skating afternoon at the Events Centre. You can also have a go at bowling at the Waihi Bowling Club Open Day. Get the tips from those in the know, you might just love it!

WE’RE ON TRACK FOR A GREAT DAY – MARKET DAY FIRST UP
Next Saturday October 4 in Waihi we start the day with our annual Goldfest Market Day with shops and stalls through town with an amazing mix of goods for sale. It’s a great morning to relax, wander, browse and buy. Get ahead for Christmas, treat yourself, and while you’re in town enjoy the excellent choice of food and refreshments at the cafes and eateries. We’ll add in some music and entertainment and you’ve got a great lead up to .....

OUR ANNUAL TROLLEY DERBY AND SKATEBOARD COMPETITION
In association with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club Go Waihi proudly presents ... a double header afternoon with trolleys and skateboards hurtling, and sometimes sedately cruising, down Haszard St into Seddon St. From midday next Saturday October 4 you’ll get as many turns as they can fit in, with fun, quirky, weird, traditional, out there, crazy and plain awesome trolleys and short and long boards (of the skate variety) taking over the street. If you haven’t entered, do it now. And for the rest, come along and support and cheer on those with the wheels, they’ll put on a great show for sure. Thanks to Fowlers Surf & Fashion for the cool Element prizes for the Skaties. Entry forms are there, around town, at HDC Library and Service Centre in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM and on our website.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $1000?
The Go Waihi Stop Shop and Win $1000 Pot of Gold Competition is as simple as shopping locally in Waihi. Make a purchase in participating shops and put your name and contact details on the form they supply. In the box it goes and you’re just one step away from winning 1000 $1 coins! Repeat the exercise through October to increase your chances of winning. Simple eh!?

FIRING UP GOLDFEST
Remember the Newmont Waihi Gold Thanks Waihi Fireworks and Family Fun Night next Friday October 3 in upper Seddon St. From 6pm there’ll be free rides and entertainment, food and refreshments for sale and at 7 pm the Fire Eaters perform. Just after dark rug up for one spectacular fireworks display around the Pit Rim. Near the Pumphouse I hear is a good spot.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Xerox – all they ever do is copy.