Fes­ti­val launches with wet fam­ily night

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KAROLINE TUCKEY

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Tale­cia Hanekom, 4, stoked with the haul of Easter eggs she found at the open­ing of the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val.

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