Festival launches with wet family night
Four-thousand easter eggs were snatched up quick as a bunny’s cotton-tail by children catching an early Easter in The Square.
The opening of the second Gold Cup Festival was held on Wednesday with a family night in the rain.
As well as the easter egg hunt, there was a schools Survivor team challenge, food stalls and face painting. An outdoor movie had to be cancelled because the weather prevented the screen being set up.
The wet did not put Feilding’s Elyse Horgan off. The 6-year-old had her face painted as a rabbit, before lining up for the mass egg grab alongside more than 100 other children.
"It was easy to find them I took in my jersey and put them in it and we got heaps of big ones – a box full.
"They were really yummy, and it makes me really happy and it’s fun."
Her cousin Ruby Stevenson, 3, had also returned with one of the biggest hauls, despite being one of the littlest egg hunters.
"I got all the little ones," she said.
Their uncle Aaron Currie said the weather had not put them off and they just bundled up warm.
"I think it’s awesome that they put on something for the public for anyone to join in. It’s been a really great day."
Ruby Shepherd, 9, was lined up in the Whakarongo School team ready to take part in the Survivor challenge.
"I like to do challenges and try my best in things. I’m fast. I think the teams should collaborate and give each other ideas of how to do things."
Festival co-ordinator Andre Neill said the weather had caused an "inconvenience", but it was great to see six school teams take part.
"They’ll be challenged physically, mentally and have to work out codes, and lots of balancing."
The rest of the Gold Cup Festi- val would be "massive", with thousands of people expected.
Harness and greyhound racing was at the Awapuni Racing Centre on Thursday night, and then Saturday was the big all-day race event, with fashion in the field.
Talecia Hanekom, 4, stoked with the haul of Easter eggs she found at the opening of the Gold Cup Festival.