Fun and games as kids en­joy Rides and Slides

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

Rides, slides and bouncy cas­tles took over the Kar­ratha Quar­ter grassed area last week as a part of a first-time com­mu­nity event which was many a child’s dream come true.

The Rides and Slides event, put on by Kar­ratha com­pany United Party Hire and partly funded by LandCorp’s City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion Grant, brought about 15 at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing a gi­ant slide, bouncy cas­tles and box­ing rings, a me­chan­i­cal buck­ing bull and sumo suit wrestling to the Quar­ter on the evening of Satur­day, April 22.

It proved a hit, with about 200 peo­ple turn­ing out to en­joy four hours of fam­ily fun.

United Party Hire co-owner Gary Fitzger­ald, who runs the com­pany with wife Tr­ish, said they were pleased with the strong com­mu­nity re­sponse to the event, which was a throw­back to pop­u­lar chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity nights the pair used to hold in town un­til about 15 years ago.

“As you can see by the crowd, it’s been well-re­ceived,” he said.

“(United Party Hire) used to do this years ago and it’s so nice to see peo­ple come out and en­joy the sur­round­ings that we have to of­fer.”

The first Rides and Slides catered to a 3-13 age bracket but Mr Fitzger­ald said the com­pany would like to run an­other event with some big­ger rides for older chil­dren to en­joy in the next six months.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Vinny Moore, 11, Wiremu David­son, 7, Tana Teaia-Har­ri­son, 12, and Wil­liam Pitt, 11, flex their mus­cles on the glad­i­a­tor joust at Kar­ratha's first Rides and Slides event.

Irini Smith, 9, Ge­orge Smith, 6, Chloe Bing­ham, 9, and Jas­mine Bing­ham, 6, speed down the gi­ant slide.

Sin­ners Sport­ing Club mem­bers Tam Wil­son, Rae­gan Kaka, Nicki Har­ri­son, Kaitoa Teaia, 2, Ni­cole Glass, Sarah Boagey, Janet Ni­chol­son and Zaleah Teaia-Har­ri­son pro­vide the food.

Alexis Good­hue, 10, and Keira Stopps, 11, get ready for sumo wrestling in their sumo suits.

Tate Camp­bell, 4, Jayre Paraskevas, Aaliyah McKenna, 3, and Ne­vaeh Camp­bell, 5, on the teacup ride.

Hoani Wano shows even the big­ger kids can en­joy rides.

Char­lotte Mor­ley, 8, Hay­ley Thomp­son, 11, Kobi Hill, 10, and Ja­z­lyn Bray, 10.

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