Kimbolton set for 3-day celebration

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 06/03/2014
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IT GROWS ON YOU: Rodney Wilson and Tony Waugh talk about the beard growing competition ahead of the Kimbolton Jubilee.

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The party will be in Kimbolton this weekend as the Manawatu town celebrates its 125-year jubilee with three days of events.

The jubilee celebrations run from March 7 to 9, with a full programme of events being held in the rural town.

Organising committee chairman Rodney Wilson and committee member Tony Waugh are among a small but dedicated team that started putting plans in place for the jubilee two years ago. Yesterday, they were at the Kimbolton Showgrounds setting up ahead of Saturday's Kimbolton Jubilee Country Fair.

Both men were sporting beards - grown from scratch since November, in preparation for Friday night's beard growing competition finale.

The beard competition first took place at the Kimbolton centenary, and they have continued the quirky tradition.

The facial hair of about 20 men has been carefully scrutinised, and every month since growing began, competitors have come together to be judged.

Two prizes have been awarded at each meeting, but the best beard of them all has yet to be teased out.

A formerly clean shaven Mr Wilson said his wife wasn't too keen on his beard at first, but "these things grow on you", he said.

The Kimbolton 125 Jubilee starts at Kimbolton School on Friday, where current and former Kimbolton residents can go on a guided tour of the school, followed by a tour of the local reserve, and an evening event at the domain.

Saturday's fair will see about 40 stalls, food, vintage machinery and fun events for the kids, as well as a pre-season rugby match between FOB-Oroua and Central Hawke's Bay.

The fair has a $5 entry fee at the gate, and children can enter for free.

In the afternoon, the battle to be named the Top Town is on.

Teams from Kimbolton, Apiti, Rangiwahia and Kiwitea will battle to be named the Top Town champions.

The jubilee dinner that evening will feature guest speaker and former Kimbolton resident Catherine Beard, BusinessNZ's executive director for manufacturing.

On Sunday, events wind down with a combined church service and brunch.

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- Manawatu Standard

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