Hopai Sports Day

Last updated 12:09 18/12/2012
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Kayla Parker 5, from Blenheim in the egg and spoon race
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Pam Clements and grandaughter Zoe, 17 months, share a special moment.

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The Hopai Sports Day is a Sounds tradition.

The games have hardly changed since the first event in the 1920s and promise a day of great entertainment, healthy competition and good old-fashioned fun.

There are sack races, three legged races, wood chopping, tug of war, gumboot throw and the hotly contested Hopai He Man race, also open to women and teams.

Set in the eastern shores of Crail Bay in the Pelorus Sounds, Hopai Bay is accessible by water and road.

So throw a picnic lunch, sunscreen and the kids into the boat or car and head out to the sports day on Saturday, January 5, for a fun family day.

The Hopai committee run a small shop selling sweets, cold drinks and ice creams.

There is also a bar, with beer and wine, to quench the thirst on a hot day.

A sausage sizzle will cater for those who don't bring their lunch.

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- The Marlborough Express

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