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What a cracker Santa Parade

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
PARADE STAR: Santa, accompanied by Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston, waves to the huge crowd that assembled in Alexandra Street for this year’s Santa Parade. 347051AD

The public of Te Awamutu turned out in force to line both sides of Alexandra Street and other streets on this year’s Santa Parade route.

While Saturday’s stormy weather seemed to keep people away from earlier events and entertainment, the promise of a break from the rain saw the best crowd for years gather to see 50 fantastic floats and vehicles take part in the parade.

Te Awamutu Alive’s Christmas Spirit committee had a new arrangement for the parade, which meant the floats travelled up and back the main street, giving everyone a great view.

Best Business Float was won by Collins Flooring and TA Tiles while the Santa’s Workshop and Best School/Kindergarten award went to Pokuru Playcentre with the Christmas in the North Pole Float. Both floats are pictured at the top of page seven of the Christmas Supplement. Te Awamutu Lions, who featured on the front page of last Thursday’s Courier won Best Club Float. Each group received over $300 worth of prizes.

Te Awamutu’s Christmas celebrations are being well and truly embraced by the public. They continue this week with Christmas Under the Stars Wednesday and Thursday evening, late night hours starting next Monday and Santa’s Grotto at Photo Magic, plus more (see Advent calendar for details).

Altrusa Christmas Lights Ramble winner is the Hobbs Family from Pirongia. Highly commended are the Shaw Family (Alexandra Street) and the Williams Family (Frontier Road). The winners received $200 and the two highly commended families $100 each. The ramble will continue right up to Christmas. Ramble sheets are available from LJ Hooker, the Courier and Te Awamutu i-Site Centre or see pages 4 and 5 of today’s Christmas Supplement for photos and details.

Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce ran the Best Business Window Display, won by Trends Shoes from Beamish Gemtime Jewellers and third placed Vissage For Hair.

The Redoubt Bar and Eatery sponsored Formula Twos Outhouse Derby was won by the team from New Zealand Honey. They received the ANZ Trophy.

Heathcote Appliances and Trustpower sponsored the Windy 50’s mobility scooter series and prizes. Winner was ‘Crackerjack’ (Jack Dalley) from Evelyn Fitzgerald. In the mascots’ race Harold the Giraffe was beaten into second by Ruben the Road Safety Bear.