A full programme of entertainment, both on the ground and in the air, has been lined up for the Silverdale School Country Show Day on Saturday October 27.
A father at the school, Shane Menzies, who is also an electrical technician with the Royal NZ Navy, has arranged for a navy helicopter to land at the school. Visitors will be able to meet the crew, browse a static display and inspect the helicopter.
For those who want to take to the air, North Shore Helicopter Training will be providing helicopter rides.
The Nailed It Challenge is expected to provide plenty of excitement when three local builders – Maintain to Profit, EuroBuild Millwater and Marvin Construction – go up against one another in a race to build an outdoor play structure.
The winner will collect the Golden Hammer and the three structures will be auctioned on the day.
The Flow Academy of Motion, from Albany, will be put on an acrobatic display, as well running two sessions where children and teenagers will be able to ‘have a go’.
The ever-popular land zorbs and little drifters will be new in the amusement ride area this year, along with show favourites such as the bouncy castle and slide, mini tea cups, bugsy caterpillar ride and boot camp.
There will be market stalls, plenty of food options on Eat Street, and lots of games for children including paintball, the toilet roll toss and smash plate gallery. Beat the Radar is back, and there will be a toy stall selling new toys at half price and a sustainability stall.
Local bands Fuse and Sounds of Greece will also be performing.
An online silent auction with more than 150 items to bid on goes live on October 19 and closes at 1.30pm on show day.
The school is fundraising for playground improvements. One of the many organisers, Jay Menzies, says the fundraising target is $50,000 – $10,000 more than last year.
“We’ve had some tremendous support from local businesses including platinum sponsor Bayleys, and gold sponsors GMC Cycling and Millwater Dental.
“The Country Show Day is one of the most popular local events and we know this year it is going to be a lot of fun.”