Christmas is coming to Feilding

Parade brings home fan favourite

EMMA HORSLEY
Last updated 06:48 04/12/2012
Feilding Christmas parade
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Tyla Hill 13, Tayah Mitchell 13, and Hannah Spiers 12 preparing for this week's Feilding Christmas parade.

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Feilding Christmas Parade is once again getting behind its theme of being on wheels by using a local celebrity whose talent on two wheels has made him famous.

Freestyle motocross star and 2012 world champion Levi Sherwood will be the ‘‘community celebrity’’ for the town’s annual carnival and parade.

Sherwood will take Manawatu Mayor Margaret Kouvelis for an exhilarating ride at the head of the parade, which starts at 2pm on Sunday.

Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys said Sherwood was a worthy person for the title.

‘‘He’s a great example to the younger people and he will add an extra touch of excitement to the parade.’’

More than 80 floats will take part, with many coming from Palmerston North.‘‘They came across to us last year and it’s great to see them come back again,’’ Mrs Worboys said.

One of the groups entering the parade is Feilding Intermediate School, with pupils busily putting the finishing touches to the float that will depict a scene from Christmas Day, complete with turkey, Santa coming down the chimney and dad in an armchair.

School caretakers Judy Benson and Barry Symes have been hard at work devising and building the set,  which will be put on a flat bed truck.

‘‘We do the parade most years and this year Barry has been really clever in how he has made things,’’ Mrs Benson said.

The parade will feature other guests,  including Miss Manawatu, Miss Teen and the Manawatu Turbos and there will be entertainment and stalls in the central business district from 10am.

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- Manawatu Standard

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