Thou­sands in town en­joy a full-on week­end

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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