Fireworks added to fishing competition
The annual Tokoroa Sports and Fishing Association’s Take a Kid Fishing Competition will go off with a boom this year.
After 15 years of being held in December the Lake Moananui competition is being moved to November to coincide with Guy Fawkes.
Coordinator Cath Macpherson said the competition will be held over three days from November 3 with a massive fireworks display planned on the Saturday.
‘‘Due to low catch numbers for the last couple of years and based on a recommendation from Fish and Game we have moved it to Guy Fawkes weekend,’’ she said.
‘‘Because it is getting bigger each year, we’ve gone from having 13 children when it first started to around 300, we thought why not add to it too.’’
‘‘We would like to get community groups out with food stalls and things like that and we have been working with Boom Boom Fireworks, which does the Sky Tower displays, to set up a really cool nine-minute display on the western side of the lake. We are really excited,’’ she said.
Macpherson said during the fishing side of things children aged from 3 to 18 will have the chance to catch fish, eels, and crawlies to win prizes.
‘‘We start at about 4pm on the Friday and every child who’s under 12 that registers for $2 gets a one-year free trout licence,’’ she said.
‘‘They also get a goodie bag and free use of the lake to do fishing right through until 12pm on Sunday.’’
‘‘Last year we had some older teenagers too who wanted to get involved so the club will supply them with two-day licences so they can get out there and get involved as well,’’ she said.
She said the non-profit organisation is currently trying to raise funds so the competition and fireworks can go ahead.
‘‘We have got $2500 and we need $9400. Every year you hear about people not wanting to pay for fireworks. They would rather go somewhere, so I really want this for our community,’’ she said.
‘‘We know Tokoroa is hugely community involved. Everyone loves to get out for a community event and every year they come out and have an amazing time, even if it’s raining.’’
Last month 300 trout were released to ensure there will be plenty to catch. To get involved or to donate visit givealittle.co.nz/ cause/toksportsfishing# or phone 8867059 before October 13.