Parade 'all about kids'

Gore businesses, schools and organisations are busy planning the design of their floats for the Gore Christmas Parade this weekend.

Council human resources and administration manager Susan Jones said 45 floats were entered this year, slightly more than last year.

Thirteen "eager beavers" from Pukerau School were coming aboard the council float with Santa Claus, she said.

"Santa's looking forward to coming to Gore. "We just want a nice sunny day," she said.

East Gore School float organiser Patrina Hedley said the school had registered a float for the first time this year.

"It's all about fun for the kids."

The float would have Christmas decorations, a hand-painted poster of the school logo, and pupils, teachers and parents on board.

Gore Country Music Club building committee convener Ken Scott said the club would have up to eight singers and musicians performing Christmas carols but the design would be done on the day.

Waitane Young Farmers chairman Steve Henderson said hay bales, sheep dogs and members would be on their float.

The judging of a children's colouring competition and best-decorated bike and scooter competition would kickstart the event at the council building at 11.15am.

Float entries are still being accepted. The parade starts at noon on Sunday, December 16, and will be followed by a concert until 4pm.

The Southland Times