Trucks and music pull in the crowds
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.