Sports stars theme for the Te Puke Christ­mas pa­rade

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Santa isn’t the only big name to be cel­e­brated at this year’s Seeka Te Puke Float Pa­rade.

Af­ter the Denny Hulme theme of last year’s pa­rade, lo­cal sports stars will be cel­e­brated in 2018.

Epic Te Puke mem­bers have been busy over the past few weeks pre­par­ing for the pop­u­lar pa­rade that will take place on De­cem­ber 1.

The pa­rade will once again start out­side Te Puke Ser­vice Cen­tre and travel east along Jel­li­coe St to the Ox­ford St round­about and re­turn along Jel­li­coe Street to turn at RD1 to make a sec­ond cir­cuit.

The pa­rade be­gins at 11am.

All floats will be judged on the theme of cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal sports stars and prizes have been do­nated in a range of cat­e­gories: AFFCO Rangiuru Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tions, 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $50; Ul­ti­mate Mo­tor Group Ed­u­ca­tion, 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $50; ZE­SPRI In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness and Com­mer­cial (in­clud­ing day­care busi­nesses), 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $50; and the DMS Progrow­ers Supreme Theme Prize, $600 with the win­ner also claim­ing the Te Puke Jew­ellers Tro­phy.

Epic Te Puke mar­ket­ing man­ager Re­becca Larsen says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is grate­ful to the spon­sors and busi­nesses who help with the pa­rade.

“If you would like to spon­sor or do­nate to­ward the event run­ning costs, we are still look­ing to fill a cou­ple of spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she says.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms for par­tic­i­pa­tion can be picked up at the Te Puke Li­brary or by send­ing an email to ad­min@epictepuke.co.nz.

“We al­ways need a lot of help to put on the town pa­rade so if you are able to lend a hand on the day to vol­un­teer please email ad­min@epictepuke.co.nz,” says Re­becca.

Santa will once again bring up the rear at Te Puke’s Float Pa­rade pulled by his rein­deer and the crew from Cheetham Ex­ca­va­tors.

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