Fes­ti­val get­ting un­der way to­day

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Kaitaia Jaycees’ Christ­mas Fes­ti­val gets un­der way at mid­day to­day with a grand pa­rade along Com­merce Street. Star of the event will be the 12 en­trants in the “Miss Kaitaia” con­test be­ing run with the fes­ti­val and the 30-odd colour­ful floats in the pa­rade.

Aim of the fes­ti­val is to give Kaitaia a car­ni­val air over Christ­mas and to be­ing as many as pos­si­ble into town. It starts to­day and car­ries on un­til Christ­mas Eve with an event­ful pro­gramme for each day.

The fes­ti­val is the first the Jaycee chap­ter has run, but it will prob­a­bly not be the last.

All pro­ceeds this year will go to­wards the chap­ter’s chil­dren’s play­ground project.

To­day’s pa­rade ends weeks of prepara­tory work by chap­ter mem­bers. Or­gan­is­ing over 30 dec­o­rated floats, “Miss Kaitaia” con­tes­tants, as­sorted teams of march­ing girls, clowns and all the rest that goes with a pa­rade is no mean task.

Be­fore the pa­rade, there will be a sweet drop from a Kaitaia Aero Club air­craft on the Kaitaia Pri­mary School lower fields at 11.15 a.m.

On the pa­rade floats in in­for­mal dress will be the en­trants in the “Miss Kaitaia” con­test: Misses Ge­orgina Baker, Liz Berghan, Bev­er­ley Crene, Na­talie Gar­diner, Ann Heta, Marie Hyett, Odelle Ju­lian, Glo­ria Kel­sall, Sharon Kit­lan, Su­san Lawry, Colleen Matthews and Pa­tri­cia Skel­ton.

Judg­ing will be dur­ing the tal­ent quest at the Kaitaia Col­lege hall to­mor­row night. The girls will first pa­rade in bathing cos­tumes and then in­for­mal dress again.

Com­pere dur­ing the evening will be Mrs. Del­phine Reynolds. After­wards at the Play­ground there will be shear­ing demon­stra­tions and con­tests be­gin­ning at 1.30 p.m. Or­gan­is­ers are the Young Farm­ers’ Clubs and the event will be­come an an­nual one run in con­junc­tion with the fes­ti­val. Then at 7.p.m. tonight will be the tug-of-war con­tests, also in the Play­ground area.

To­mor­row there will be a trol­ley derby down Redan Hill start­ing at 9.30 a.m.

Later the Kaitaia Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade and the Man­gonui Di­vi­sion of the St. John Am­bu­lance Brigade will give demon­stra­tions in the park­ing area.

Then of course there is the tal­ent quest stat­ing at 8 p.m. in the Col­lege hall.

A car­ols by can­dle­light ser­vice has been ar­ranged for Sun­day evening around 8.30 p.m. The venue is the Chil­dren’s Play­grounds if the weather is fine, and the Col­lege hall if it is not.

Four min­is­ters will take part in the ser­vice. Or­gan­is­ers sug­gest car­ol­ers should bring a rug in case the grass is damp.

On Mon­day at 2 p.m. in the Chil­dren’s Play­ground there will be a nee­dle in the haystack hunt, trea­sure hunts, and ap­ple on a string events. Plenty of prizes.

Also on is a wheel­bar­row derby down Com­merce Street, from Em­pire Street to Redan Road.

Pas­sen­gers travel at their own risk and the speed limit is 30 m.p.h., or­gan­is­ers warn.

Then on Tues­day, there is a car­toon car­ni­val and Chil­dren’s Christ­mas party at the Princess The­atre at 9.30 a.m. Clowns ice cream, lol­lies, Fa­ther Christ­mas — all for 15c ad­mis­sion.

Also on each day is an eel com­pe­ti­tion where the long­est eel pre­sented at 4 p.m. to or­gan­is­ers at the lo­co­mo­tive in the Chil­dren’s Par wins a prize.

Mr. Jaycee is also in Com­merce Street each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lo­cate him are the chil­dren’s in­struc­tions. The magic words — “Ser­vice to Hu­man­ity — Are you Mr. Jaycee?” must be said to win a prize of $2.

The Jaycees have distribute­d sev­eral thou­sand Fes­ti­val pro­grammes. Each one is num­bered and dur­ing the Fes­ti­val cer­tain shops will have a num­ber in their win­dow.

The bearer of the pro­gramme with a cor­re­spond­ing num­ber will win a prize.


— De­cem­ber 20, 1968

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