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Festival 2005 a ‘scream’

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Jaimee Bouma with Ronald McDonald
SEVEN-year-old Jaimee Bouma was pleased to catch up with Ronald McDonald at this year’s Lifestyle Craft Fair. Jaimee and her mum Linda were at the fair running a stall, which was also fundraising for Ronald McDonald House at Auckland’s Starship. Four years ago Jaimee contracted a serious virus and lost her liver. She became New Zealand’s first paediatric liver transplant recipient and she and her mum have become very familiar with Ronald McDonald House since then. Mrs Bouma says they are welcomed every month when Jaimee goes for her check-ups and staff can’t do enough to help. The Boumas Ronald McDonald House Christmas Fun Hamper raffle raised $206 for the cause. Mrs Bouma is also donating 10% of profits from her pinboards to the cause. 328051AD

Scream Rosetown Festival concluded on a high note with a fantastic weekend of events (see also pages 2, 4, 7 and 9 of today's Courier).

The organising committee of Karen Holland, from sponsors Waipa Networks, i-Site manager Roz Liddell and Dean Taylor believe the new branding has been a success, and this year’s range of events made for a good festival, with something for everyone.

Running the festival a week later was introduced last year, and proved its worth this year with the roses looking their most spectacular for a number of years. This was reflected in the record entries in the Rose Show, with numbers in Te Awamutu exceeding Hamilton’s Rose Bowl.

The Scream Rosetown logo was displayed prominently on posters and free-standing banners throughout the town, and next year it is hoped to have street banners as well to maximise the image.

Event organisers have been generally pleased with the response to the festival.

The new St John’s Church gala enjoyed such a good response, it is being considered as an annual event.

Mrs Liddell revamped the McDonald’s Lifestyle Craft Fair and Origin Pacific Airways Art in the Park for 2005 and says it was generally successful. The puppets in the park were a huge success and she says family entertainment in the park will definitely be a feature from now on. Working artists enjoyed a good response to their work, enhanced by five tourist buses visiting throughout the day and taking in the festive atmosphere.

Newly crowned Miss Rosetown Danielle Wilson took advantage of many of the events and showed she will be a friendly and popular successor to Meredith Hodgson. Mr Taylor, who runs Miss Rosetown, will turn his attention to Bride of the Year for 2006 and says all brides from this year, and forthcoming brides, need to be thinking about entering this contest.

Mrs Holland expressed appreciation to everyone who helped make this year’s festival such a success - the exhibitors, actors, clubs, organisations, businesses and volunteers who get behind our festival every year and make it bigger and better each time.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the events I attended and my family had a great time on Sunday at the puppet show and McDonalds Craft Fair,” she says. “Thanks Te Awamutu - I look forward to ‘Screaming’ again next year.”

One event participating in this year’s festival was the first Pirongia Garden Ramble, organised by Pirongia School PTA and held on Sunday. The day was a resounding success with hundreds of people visiting the 18 open gardens and buying plants at Pirongia School and other items for sale.