Thousands in town enjoy a full-on weekend
It was a big weekend in Tokoroa with the annual Christmas Parade, A&P Show, opening of the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre and carols in the park.
Thousands flocked to town on Saturday morning to watch Christmas parade before walking to the Tokoroa Memorial Sports Ground, to enjoy the activities at A&P Show, with the South Waikato District Council paying the entry fee.
The opening of the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre at 1.30pm was attended by 50 guests.
Mayor Neil Sinclair, council chief executive David Hall, local MP Louise Upston and events centre manager Heather Gaby spoke to those gathered.
Mr Sinclair and Kaesha Nairn cut the ribbon to officially open the centre.
The doors were opened to the public to view the centre after the official ceremony.
The Christmas Parade winners were: School float: Cargill Open Plan. Community Group: SPCA Business Float: INK Human’s Clinic Vehicles: Scooters Trucks: Allan Forbes Overall winner: SPCA. The popular Miss A&P competition was won by Faith Haa, with second and third place respectively going to Alex Gubb and Sarah Totton.
Miss Princess was won by Thea Rose Hill, with Tayla Stewart coming second and Jorja Maree Chapman coming third.
Miss Junior Princess was won by Charla Stretch, second place went to Madison Umaki and Monica Leigh Ormsby.
The baby competition was won by Keyarah Tunupopo, Nahla Brown came second with third place going to Jazzlynn Hanley.
HAPPY ENDING: South Waikato Funeral Services manager Derek Mossman with Tokoroa mother Julie Jeffery. Mr Mossman along with Craig Robinson from Waikato Stone Craft will erect a headstone for Ms Jeffery’s son Julian, whose headstone was stolen last month.
FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS: It was an exciting weekend in Tokoroa as the Big Weekend rolled out in style.