Newspaper Article 1983 – Sun shines on party

Sun shines on party

A large crowd and perfect weather contributed to a very successful day when Waipukurau’s Hunter Park kindergarten staged its Christmas garden party at Mangatarata Station yesterday.

The spacious homestead gardens and a nearby paddock were the ideal setting for a host of activities and attractions appealing to children and adults alike.

Youngsters were entertained by Razzle Dazzle the clown and Father Christmas, and were able to enjoy rides behind farm bikes, on ponies or on a fire engine.

There were also children’s races, trampolines to play on and lolly scrambles, plus numerous stalls and novelty games catering for all ages.

“Sir Duke” and the Waipukurau District Band provided music to suit all tastes, and a fashion parade attracted plenty of interest.

Skydivers made a dramatic landing on the lawn and there was a skilful display of aerial acrobatics by a glider, which finished by swooping low over the guests and landing in a nearby field.

There were plenty of customers at the sausage sizzle and for other homemade snacks while, with the sun beating down, icecream and soft drink sales were booming.

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THERE WAS plenty of excitement when Father Christmas, alias John Harding, arrived during yesterday’s garden party.
NEILL HALLIDAY, 3½ enjoys a pony ride during yesterday’s garden party at Mangatarata.

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5 December 1983

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  • Neill Halliday
  • John Harding

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