Crowds enjoy weekend finale
It was smiles all around as crowds flocked to Selwyn Park and the Rose Garden over the weekend for the final weekend of the Waipa Networks Rose and Cultural Festival.
Festival co-organiser Roz Liddell says the craft fair was brilliant, with a record attendance of over 2,500 people on Saturday and another record crowd on Rose Sunday.
She says the weather proved to be a winning attraction. Rose Sunday saw an appreciative crowd being entertained by both the Te Awamutu Brass and Highland Pipe bands.
“The rose gardens were a sea of vibrant colour creating the perfect atmosphere for a successful weekend,” says Mrs Liddell. “Many visitors came to enjoy them, commenting on what a picture they were.”
The Waipa Kids Poetry Challenge winners were also announced on Sunday. There was an excellent response to this inaugural event. Judi Cantlon who judged the event, said the entries were of a high standard, and it was wonderful to see children encouraged to write, especially about their town and environment.
Winners of the 7 – 9 years section were Jay Palmer (1), Sarah Murphy and Gregory Holt (runnersup). Hayden Moorhead won the over 10 section from runners-up Jessica Shaw and Carey Ireland.
“It was a great Festival,” declared Ray Milner, CEO of Waipa Networks, the Festival’s major sponsor for the fifth year. “I went to a stage show, an evening in the Styx, an afternoon at Pirongia, visited a showing of New Zealand contemporary art, looked at the No 8 Wire finalists, helped judge the Top Pics photo competition, spent an evening with Paul Urbana Jones and took in the roses and craft fair that closed the Festival.
“There were things that I didn’t get to and shows that I didn’t see. There was plenty to do for everyone no matter how young or old.”
“On behalf of the sponsors Waipa Networks, a great big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a great success, says Mr Milner.”