Full steam ahead for town's big day

Getting ready for Feilding's big day

SANDRA CROSBIE
Last updated 12:00 13/12/2013
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PAINTING PREPARATION: Sophie Barr, 2, gets stuck into some artwork at The Secret Garden Kindergarten in preparation for the Feilding Christmas Parade.

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More than 70 Christmas parade floats have been booked in as Feilding gears up for its biggest day of the year. The town centre opens itself up to an all-day Christmas Carnival on Sunday, which concludes with the biggest Christmas parade in the region.

Tens of thousands of people line the town streets for the parade, which takes about one hour to do the circuit.

Feilding Promotion project manager Raewyn Loader said at least 72 floats were booked, but many more usually turned up on the day.

Community groups and businesses throughout the region are in the midst of preparing their floats. The parade is organised by Manchester Lions, which has the job of organising all the floats prior to them leaving Manfeild Park.

More than 100 stalls have been booked for the carnival, which runs between 10am and 4pm.

"We are trying to make some more space to accommodate those who want to be there," Ms Loader said.

"The businesses are also great on the day, with many of them staying open during the day and getting into the community spirit but shutting their doors while the parade is on."

The carnival also has two stages, under the clock tower and on Fergusson St, which will have continuous live entertainment throughout the day. There are also rides and fun activities for children.

Steam train trips will also be available. The first leaves Palmerston North and delivers those wanting to catch the parade and carnival. A second trip leaves Feilding for Rangatira and returns in time for the parade, which starts from Manfeild Park at 2pm, travels along Fergusson St, up Stafford and finishes on Kimbolton Rd outside Write Price.

The train leaves Palmerston North at 11.15am. It arrives in Feilding at 11.40am. Returning to Palmerston North, the train leaves at 3.30pm. Tickets can be bought from the i-Site in Palmerston North.

A second steam train leaves Feilding at 11.50am and returns at 1.20pm.

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- Manawatu Standard

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