Cycling festival debut at Firth Tower
Fancy yourself as the next cycling superstar, or are you more of a Sunday rider?
The inaugural Matamata Festival of Cycling on Sunday, November 1 will have something for all cycling lovers, including old films in the Firth Tower cinema featuring those on two wheels.
Entry to the Matamata Festival of Cycling is by gold coin, with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The event kicks off at 10am and will continue through to around 3pm. The activities and demonstrations will begin at 11am.
The ukulele group will perform at 12noon, before the grand bicycle parade around the Firth Tower and prize draw takes place at 1pm. The brass band will then perform at 1.30pm under the oak trees outside the barn.
Giveaways and spot prizes on the day will include a massage voucher and bike goodies from Bikewise.
Organiser Colin Kemplen said planning for the first Matamata Festival of Cycling was going well. ‘‘It will be a fun, family day out. We are encouraging mum, dad and the kids to cycle out from town to the Tower.’’
If this isn’t practical there is no need to worry, simply head out with or without your bikes in the car and get in on the fun and
‘‘‘‘We are encouraging mum, dad and the kids to cycle to the Tower.’’
Kids will be keen to give the bike rodeo games a go and should start to think about how they will decorate their bikes for the bike decorating competition, while adults can look forward to relaxing under a tree while soaking up the atmosphere.
A skills and drills course will also be run by Sport Waikato.
Raffle tickets, to win two youth bikes donated by Giant, remain on sale at Matamata Cycles. A colouring competition can be picked up and dropped off from Matamata Cycles ahead of the event, where they will be put on display for the public. Prizes will then be on offer. Bring a picnic and head out to the Firth Tower to get involved.
For more on the inaugural Matamata Festival of Cycling, see page 16 of today’s Matamata Chronicle for a story on the Lambert family. More information is on the Matamata Festival of Cycling Facebook page.
Those involved with the very first Matamata Festival of Cycling, from left, Dale Ertel, Lou Beer, Colin Kemplen, Louise Wenzlick, Thomas Lauder, 8, Sandra Van de Pas and Bethan Lauder, 7.