Tokoroa is set to go off with an explosive bang!
Tokoroa is all set to go off with a bang after the South Waikato District Council agreed to provide a $7800 grant for fireworks.
The South Waikato District Council have provided the funds for the fireworks night which will coincide with the ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ competition on November 3-5, at Lake Moananui.
Coordinator Cath Mcpherson said the funds opened up the opportunity for the event to be something greater than just a fishing competition.
She said in the past 15 years the club has grown the competition from three children in the first year, to more than 300 children by 2015.
This year will be the tenth competition and it will be open to the public from 4pm Friday to 12pm Sunday, when it will be end with a prize giving.
However, this year the coordinating team have included a professional fireworks display that will light the sky’s over the lake on Saturday evening.
‘‘We as a club have been working with the owner and an amazing pyrotechncian from Auckland’s Boomboom Fireworks Ltd to develop a fantastic aerial display that will last a massive nine minutes long, that will be able to be seen from all around the Mcpherson
She said families from around the district can come to the lake throughout the weekend for the competition.
Mcpherson said it was an opportunity to make an event about the community, with free entry. There would be Koha Collection buckets going around the lake with those donations going back into the community.
‘‘We have had great feedback from both businesses and families in support of the fireworks display, saying how much they would enjoy watching a professional lake,’’ said display rather than to waste their money on store bought packs.’’
Mcpherson said they have now got the opportunity to do that here in our community and for our families.
She said ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ and the fireworks display will cost $9400.
‘‘With our current Tokoroa population of approximately 13,000 people, and our surround towns Putaruru, Tirau, Whakamaru and Mangakino adding another 9000, that is only a cost of .42c per person or around $2.50 per family.
Fireworks will be going taking place at the upcoming fishing competition.