Get ready Waitara and Inglewood - Americarna is coming to you.
February 27, the second day of Taranaki's festival of American motoring, will see a convoy of several hundred American vehicles head out of its New Plymouth base for a fun-filled round trip to the north Taranaki towns.
The convoy will leave New Plymouth Racecourse at noon and drive to Waitara. Such a big convoy can create some traffic congestion so police will ensure the Americarna participants get safely on to Northgate before heading for Waitara.
There, McLean St will be closed to allow the Americarna cars to be parked - which will give everyone the opportunity to study them up close.
Fun, good food and quality entertainment will be the focus of the day in the town, says Waitara Alive spokeswoman Melissa Kay.
A special attraction at Waitara will be the JGeeks, the music, comedy and dance group that was a huge hit on the television show, New Zealand's Got Talent, stunning the judges and the audience with its performance. The group has since had more than one million hits on YouTube.
Clubs, pubs and food vendors will provide top quality food.
Without a doubt, this will be one of Waitara's biggest days of the year.
At 3.30pm the Americarna participants will return to their cars and head to Inglewood via Tikorangi, through the tunnel on Otaraoa Rd to Tarata, then into town via Kaimata.
A mass of red, white and blue will greet them as the town sports America's national colours.
The theme for the afternoon and evening will be "bring a deck chair" - in other words, everyone will be invited to sit down and enjoy the entertainment and food.
Inglewood First has made a huge effort to ensure everyone will have a good time.
There will be three bands - Off The Cuff, Les Swete, and Quadraphonic. A special performer will be Ruth Wyand, an American blues singer.
And local artist Dani Williams and the NP Rock'n'Roll Club will also feature throughout the day.
Inglewood's centre will be closed to allow it to be used as the entertainment area and for parking for the Americarna cars.
Retailers will put on a special market atmosphere, there will be numerous activities for children, and there will be separate stages for the music.
The Americarna fleet will headback to New Plymouth at 8pm.
- Taranaki Daily News
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