Fun on the run at Ock­to­ber­fest

Te Puke Times - - NEWS / COMMUNITY - By ANN DOWMAN

Al­most 70 peo­ple aged from 3 up to 73 turned out on a beau­ti­ful sunny day to ei­ther walk or run the 2.5km or 6km fun run course of Te Puke Bap­tist Church’s Ock­to­ber­fest on Satur­day.

Ev­ery­one had a great time and those who com­pleted the longer dis­tance thor­oughly en­joyed the new 6km route, which in­cor­po­rated the re­cently fin­ished Te Ara Kahikatea Path­way.

Stand­out per­for­mances came from Micah Pugh and Alana Eru, who were first boy and girl home in the 6km run in the 14 and un­der age group, while spe­cial men­tion goes to very promis­ing 9-year-old Corin Jack who com­pleted the 6km course in just over 28 min­utes.

An­other 200 peo­ple showed up for the gala ac­tiv­i­ties, which con­tin­ued un­til early af­ter­noon.

The kids en­joyed a num­ber of free ac­tiv­i­ties out­side, while fam­i­lies found good bar­gains at the White Ele­phant and among an as­sort­ment of clothes, shoes, plants and books.

Ur­ban Dancers and Fairhaven In­dian Dancers, along with solo dancer Pinkie, en­ter­tained the crowd, in­ter­spersed with per­for­mances by the Te Puke Pipe Band and bat­tles by the Stupid Fight­ing Ro­bots.

Food on of­fer in­cluded a hangi and but­ter chicken, while peo­ple also tucked into home­made bak­ing with their morn­ing tea and cof­fee.

Sausages, cold drinks and pop­corn served by cos­tumed hawk­ers made the day.

More than 50 lo­cal busi­ness do­nated won­der­ful prizes and goods for the fun run and gala auc­tion.

A big thank you goes to those who sup­ported the cause to raise funds for chil­dren and youth pro­grammes in the com­mu­nity and church.

Fairhaven School’s In­dian Dancers were among the per­form­ers at Te Puke Bap­tist Church Ock­to­ber­fest gala at the week­end.

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