Itís Tartan Time again at Waipu
In an all-encompassing month of activities for young and old – serious and frivolous, the lads and lasses – the tarts and tartars of Waipu will celebrate their annual homage to their clans with an amazing variety of activities all commemorating tartan in one form or another.
What used to be Tartan Week has now grown considerably as organisers have carded 26 tartan-based activities for the Ceilidh (celebration).
The programme opens on June 29 with the Art in Tartan Wearable Arts display at the Waipu Museum and concludes with the midwinter swim and Tartan Taniwha competition at Waipu Cove beach on July 14.
Ruakaka race day on Saturday June 29 offers free entry with the best overall tartan costume winning an LG 42-inch LED TV valued at $1200 from 100% Barrells. Over the next two weeks is the golf competition, netball and rugby, the newly established mud run, whiskey and haggis tasting, shortbread baking, the Grand Ball, people and pets parade, and lots of other activities involving the whole family and all with the tartan theme.
Waipu’s own highly renowned pipe band and dancers will also be seen at several of the market days and street parades.
The Waipu Business and Promotions Group have done a sterling (sorry about the pun) job in organising such an expansive programme and one hopes the weather gods will smile down upon them. If not, a dram or two will no doubt sustain them through any cold or wet spells.
There is something for everyone and everyone’s invited to the party that brings Waipu village to life in the depths of winter, warms hearts, renews many old friendships, creates new ones and serves as a reminder of the heritage that will forever form the heart of Waipu.
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