Fun on the run at Ocktoberfest
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.