Monday, 16 December 2013

Street Party

Last Friday was the Otautau Street Party, the last big bash of the year.

Even before 5 o'clock rolled around, the kids were starting to pour into the street, looking for things to do. Thank goodness the bouncy castle was one of the first things to get up and running. It took only seconds to inflate and kids were soon bouncing around inside it.

Chainsaw sculpture is a new event this year. This master carver, whose name I didn't get, created a kiwi and an elephant right before our eyes. These were to be auctioned off later on.

Random crowd shot.

Kids, mesmerised by the surreal aqua balls, waited anxiously to lose themselves in tumbling, swirling abandon.

An old crowd favourite - the dunk tank, sponsored by the Otautau Pool. Love to try that some time.

Margaret Gutsell (right) helped the Otautau Museum fundraise with a big Christmas hamper raffle and a Jellybean Count. The hamper was won by Heidi McDowell, and the jellybeans were won by Leigh Ann Bekhuis whose remarkable guess was within 3 beans.

Ian & Catherine Beck, Jim Carson, Peter Ayson, Graham Milne (behind Peter), Peter Campbell and John Low (seated).
The chocolate wheel was an easy way to get something for nearly nothing if you were lucky enough. Tickets were only $2 and prizes were worth a lot more than that.

Jerry Forde auctioning off the kiwi and elephant to an interested crowd.

Amid the noise that accompanies such big events, there were quiet moments of artistic reflection. These youngsters were an island of serenity making beautiful cards with Riverton Guide, Tania Lawry, leading the experience.

Last but not least, Santa rode his new white sleigh down Main Street, delighting all who followed.

Thanks to Otautau Promotions and all the volunteers for putting together yet another successful street party for the whole community.

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