Festival getting under way today
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