Potatoes hot favourite in Sunday mascot race
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.’’
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.