Waitomo News : 13 February 2014
24 Waitomo NeWs Thursday, February 13, 2014 OPEN SATURDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ews WAITOMO IF Waitangi Day is a celebration of being a New Zealander than the Aria Sports Day has perfected it. From people young and old riding motorbikes, horses and rams to competitive dog trials, run- ning races and shearing – the free family fun day has it all. Held in perfect weather at St Helen’s Domain on Waitangi Day, more than 300 people took the opportunity to camp on blankets in the shade, and take in all the action. It was the 110th edition of the rural sports ex- travaganza and going by the turnout, there are no signs of it slowing down. Publicity officer Anna Nelson says the smiling faces on all those present said it all. “It was simply another fantastic family fun day under the sun in Aria. “There were incredible queues for the waterslide, food and ice-creams as well as really good crowds at the main events like shearing, dog trials, horse riding and motocross. “But the highlight for me was the amount of young families that attended which only bodes well for the future of the event. It truly couldn’t have gone any better.” She says even though 2014 was great, she ex- pects 2015 to be even better. “Due to the wonderful support we receive from RMD Rorisons, there is a great opportunity for us to look outside the box next year and include lots more exciting activities. “We (the organising committee) have to do some brainstorming but I’m sure there is plenty more we can do to make the Aria Sports Day bigger and better in years to come.” SPORTS DAY RESULTS P18 Waitangi family fun day has it all CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: FILL ‘ER UP: A group of brave competitors attempt to fill a tin full with milk during the popular wild cow milk event at the 110th Aria Sports Day. WILD RIDE: Queues of children lined up to ride rams for prizes during the 110th Aria Sports Day at St Helen’s Domain last week. POLE POSITION: Alexander Fisher (9) from Te Awamutu enjoyed the jeep ride at the 110th Aria Sports Day at St Helen’s Domain on Waitangi Day.
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