Trucks and mu­sic pull in the crowds

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Thou­sands turned out over the week­end to en­joy a good old fash­ioned coun­try hoe­down.

With the an­nual Coun­try Mu­sic at the Green tak­ing place on Satur­day and Coop­ers Run at Mata­mata Club ahead of the in­au­gu­ral Mata­mata-Pi­ako Truck Fes­ti­val on Sun­day, those keen on all things coun­try were in for a treat.

A large group of peo­ple en­joyed the free coun­try mu­sic con­cert on the Rail­side Green on Satur­day and thou­sands turned out for the truck fes­ti­val.

Truck fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Kay Tappin said while the fi­nal do­na­tion to Pohlen Hos­pi­tal is yet to be de­cided, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee had met its dream goal.

Speak­ing to the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle at the event, Tappin said the day was go­ing ‘‘fan­tas­ti­cally’’.

‘‘The public started com­ing from 9.30am and they’re still com­ing,’’ she said at around 2pm.

The day has ex­ceeded the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee’s orig­i­nal vi­sion. ‘‘Pohlen is a fan­tas­tic rea­son to be here,’’ she said.

The whole com­mu­nity, and those from fur­ther afield, had given a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to the first run­ning of the event and she said she couldn’t be hap­pier.

Ju­nior Top Town re­sults:

Year 5-6: 1st Firth; 2nd = Hin­uera and Wairere; 4th Tahuna. Year 7-8: 1st Mor­rinsville One; 2nd Mata­mata One; 3rd Mata­mata Three. Spirit Award: Wairere.

TRUCKS: More than 130 trucks were on show at the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Truck Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

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