Racy ad­di­tion for float pa­rade

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By AMY DI­A­MOND news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Santa Claus will be com­ing to town on De­cem­ber 1 this year.

The Te Puke com­mu­nity has once again come to­gether to cre­ate the 2018 Seeka Te Puke Float Pa­rade, which will take place from 11am along Jel­li­coe St.

Epic Te Puke’s Re­becca Larsen says the event is well es­tab­lished and is al­ways well sup­ported by the com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­is­ers from Te Puke Events and Pro­mo­tions Group Ltd (Epic Te Puke) thanked Seeka for again be­ing the nam­ing spon­sor and wel­comed DMS Progrow­ers as a new spon­sor to the Supreme Theme Prize cat­e­gory.

AFFCO would be spon­sor­ing the Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tions prize and Ze­spri spon­sor­ing the Busi­ness and Com­mer­cial prize.

“We are very grate­ful to these spon­sors, giv­ing us the much needed fi­nan­cial sup­port to man­age and run this com­mu­nity event,” says Re­becca.

She says last year about 30 floats were en­tered, one of the largest pa­rades the town had seen, and she ex­pects sim­i­lar num­bers this year.

Lo­cal sports stars will be cel­e­brated as the theme this year, says Re­becca.

“We have a lot of dif­fer­ent sports op­tions in and around Te Puke to cel­e­brate which will cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing and fun theme.”

All floats will be judged this year within their cat­e­gory based on this theme.

The Supreme Award Tro­phy, do­nated by Te Puke Jewellers, will once again be awarded to the float that the three judges deem to be supreme theme win­ner.

The supreme theme prize is gen­er­ously do­nated by DMS Progrow­ers this year. In 2017

tama­rakau School took out the Epic ti­tle.

Spec­ta­tors will also be treated to a view­ing of a Ma­claren M8F race car on loan from War­wick Mor­timer who lives in Matakana. Denny Hulme drove a sim­i­lar ve­hi­cle when he won the CANAM cham­pi­onship in North Amer­ica and Canada.

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Christ­mas Pa­rade spec­ta­tors will be treated to a view­ing of a Ma­claren M8F race car that will be on loan from War­wick Mor­timer who lives in Matakana.

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Santa is com­ing to town on De­cem­ber 1.

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