Pota­toes hot favourite in Sun­day mas­cot race

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Mr and Mrs Potato Head are ex­pected to de­but in Sun­day’s Chil­dren’s Day mas­cot race in Queen­stown. Or­gan­iser and Sal­va­tion Army youth mis­sion di­rec­tor Stephen Ward said the mas­cot race was one of the most pop­u­lar events at last year’s cel­e­bra­tions. This year it would like in­clude the Potato Heads, the Dare Lion, Mr Sun­shine and Mr Teddy Bear from the QLDC and the Po­lar Bear from Alpine Aqua­land. No clear win­ner was found last year and or­gan­is­ers only hoped the hi­lar­i­ous an­tics would be just as much fun this year. The na­tional day was all about cel­e­brat­ing chil­dren and in­cluded piles of free events such as bouncy cas­tles, a sausage siz­zle and Mr Whippy (the first 100 ice creams would be free), fire en­gine and po­lice car rides, Play Ball, a Dance­works show and a lolly scram­ble. Other events in­cluded an egg and spoon race, a sack race and a teddy bear cave. There would be loads of prizes in­clud­ing Sho­tover Jet rides, Zip Trek rides, a Mitre Peak coach-cruise-coach and bungy jumps. Mr Ward said the main goal was to pro­vide a fun day out. ‘‘We see a lot of folks come and tell us how ex­pen­sive Queen­stown is to live in and do stuff with their kids. ‘‘Good mem­o­ries don’t have to cost a for­tune.’’

Photo: DEB­BIE JAMIESON 627658169

Roar­ing success: Chil­dren’s Day or­gan­is­ers Elizabeth Walker-Ratu (heav­ily dis­guised) and Stephen Ward are hop­ing Chil­dren’s Day cel­e­bra­tions in Queen­stown will be as pop­u­lar as last year.

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