Motor-homers flock into Woodville

Bush Telegraph - - RURAL HEARTLAND - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Mem­bers of the New Zealand Motor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion met in Woodville for a Lower North Is­land Rally at Woodville Race Course over Labour Week­end.

Dubbed the Friendly Rally it was the sec­ond time the or­gan­i­sa­tion had vis­ited the Woodville Race Course which the mem­bers en­joyed last year.

Over 140 vans sprawled over the carpark and land around the pub­lic grand­stand, us­ing its fa­cil­i­ties as a base.

The week­end is highly or­gan­ised with ac­tiv­i­ties on Satur­day and Sun­day, day and night.

Satur­day morn­ing was loosely set as time to visit the town and 77 took the op­por­tu­nity to visit a gath­er­ing of vin­tage house trucks down at Ferry Re­serve.

Satur­day af­ter­noon was set aside for the Taka­pau Games a tro­phy — a set of games re­quir­ing odd skills cre­at­ing much hi­lar­ity.

Lance Nay­smith pro­vided his mu­sic of the 50s and 60s for a dance on Satur­day night.

Sun­day morn­ing re­sulted in an in­flux of peo­ple to the monthly mar­ket in Woodville and the motor-homers ran their own mar­ket on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The day fin­ished with some in­ter-ac­tive fun for the Hunt Cup in the evening.

Con­vener of the rally, Wendy Tay­lor, said the fa­cil­i­ties at Woodville’s Race Course were ideal but next year it will be an­other re­gion’s turn to host.

Woodville has ben­e­fited, with lo­cal busi­ness be­ing used for con­sum­ables and the Vo­gel Street mar­ke­teers do­ing a roar­ing trade.

A sea of mo­torhomes — only a small sam­ple of those as­sem­bled at Woodville Race­course dur­ing Labour Week­end.

Visi­tors from Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu en­joy the sun and com­pany.

A craft mar­ket gave motor-homers a chance to sell their wares.

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