Parade highlight of party
By Dean Taylor
Te Awamutu’s Harcourts Christmas Street Party was supposed to go off with a bang on Friday night. It is fair to say there was a bit of a ‘pop’, but not enough.
Main organiser on behalf of Te Awamutu Alive, Stu Parker, says the event was a success in many ways, but should and could be a lot better.
Summer not arriving did not help, so for the Windy 50 and Plumbing World Formula Twos Outhouse Derby, held as pre-runners to the Santa Parade, spectator support was not great.
By the time the parade started, the streets had filled considerably and it was a good effort by the groups that participated. The organisers congratulate those groups that made the effort to be part of the parade.
The Best Business Float went to Wilksbrooke Motors, Best Playcentre or School to Pokuru Playcentre and Best Club or Organisation was won by Te Awamutu BMX.
Aileen McCarroll won the inaugural Windy 50 Scooter Race, picking up a bunch of flowers from Mobility Man. Although Santa quickly commandeered her winning scooter for the race against Australasian Formula 3 champion Nic Jordan, the young race driver showed it might be skill (and weight advantage) that is more important as he beat Santa over the finish line.
The Power Chill Pullers team of Kane Spalding, Tony Russell, Brad Johanson, Jesse Bain and Ryan Meacheam took this year’s Plumbing World Formula Twos Outhouse Derby trophy.
Mr Parker says the management of his company, Harcourts Blue Ribbon Realty, which sponsored the street party, was happy with the exposure and the event. He says people seemed to be having a fun night out.
Mr Parker says those who have complaints about Christmas in Te Awamutu, or the lack thereof, should get on board and help out next year before laying blame.
Te Awamutu Community Board and Te Awamutu Alive will be discussing plans to strengthen all community events early in the New Year, but will need greater community input to be successful.