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Hat off to creative talent

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 02/05/2011
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CREATIVE MINDS: Timaru's Angela Simpson scooped the supreme hat award for her creation, Predator, at the New Zealand Hat and Hair Art Awards.

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A century of cinema was celebrated at the New Zealand Hat and Hair Art Awards on the weekend with crowds filling Timaru's Theatre Royal for something a little different.

Timaru creations scooped the winners' pool, taking away both supreme awards.

Rachel Fifield walked off with the supreme hair art award for The Birds of Prey while Angela Simpson's Predator won the supreme trophy for hat art.

Judges were impressed by all entries in the four main categories: Iconic Stars, Wellywood, Child's Play and Spine Chiller.

Event director Denise Whyte said organisers were looking forward to another event next year.

"The whole level of sponsorship for the event has been fantastic."

Timaru-born entertainer Mika hosted the event and had been well received, she said.

"The event is all about the amazing entries but Mika's performance also added another dimension to the show."

Organisers had been overwhelmed by the quality of entries.

"They never ever fail to amaze you; it's like Christmas when you unpack the hats. You never know what people will come up with next."

A teaser for next year's event is in the pipeline – the world of magical mystery is being considered.

Saturday's awards ceremony was the ninth for the event, back after an 18-month hiatus.

The event has traditionally run alongside the Timaru's Festival of Roses but is now a stand alone feature after organisers formed an incorporated society last year in light of calls to shift the show to April.

"November wasn't an ideal time," Mrs Whyte said.

"I think it will run at this time next year after the success of this year.

"The overwhelming support from the community is great; we want to attract people to Timaru."

Results in the four categories:Iconic Stars

Winner in hair art, Kath Smith of Tekapo with her tribute to Elizabeth Taylor and a Cleopatra design.

Winner in hat art, Robyn Valentine of Timaru with Casino Royale.

Wellywood

Winner in hair art, Jenny Manton of Ashburton with Magical Koati Taniwha.

Winner in hat art, Vicki Morris-Williamson of Christchurch.

Child's Play

Winner in hair art, Chantelle Thurlow of Timaru with World of Neverland.

Winner in hat art, Cynthia McCaughan of Timaru with Just Jaffas.

Spine Chiller

Winner in hair art and supreme winner, Rachel Fifield.

Winner in hat art and supreme winner, Angela Simpson.

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- The Timaru Herald

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