LITTLE RIVER GALA.
TO HELP THE BELGIANS
A committee of Little River people organised a gala and great family pic nic in the Awa Iti Domain at Little River on Saturday to raise money for the Poor of Britain, Ireland and Bel gium Fund. The morning train from Christchurch conveyed a large freight of passengers to tbe gala. Residents of the district assembled to the num ber of several hundred, and the Domain was a centre of gay festivity. Small picnic parties were the first item of the day, and lunches brought from home were disposed of in shady spots about, In tbe competitions there was the utmost variety. Four teams entered for the tug of-war, which was one of the most exciting events of the day, as all teams were local men. There were Aunt Sallys, greasy pig races, wheelbarrow races, throwing the cricket ball competitions, and a competition for gentlemen only, in pegging clothes upon a line. Gues sing competitions of various kinds were used to extract coin from the non-conte3tauts in other lines. A shooting gallery did good business. The Little River Band was present, and played selections throughout the day. The most interesting section of the- programme was that containing the Maori events. There was a party of about twenty young Maori women from the Maori settlement, who gave poi dances. A division of Maori warriors contributed an up to date haka, into which were introduced variations appropriate to the present times of fighting The rising generation of Little River was exhibited in a baby show, in which there were numerous pntries. The Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes, Postmaster General, was present at the sports, * i
A fat pig, given by Mr W. H„ Montgomery, was sold by auction, and realised nearly £9
The final in the tug of war competition was a pull lasting twenty minutes between the (Jooptown team and the Cricketers' team The Cooptown team won,
The baby show excited very general interest, especially as tbe exhibitors in
- some c>ts. 8 were proud and smiling jd,, fathers lv the class for children up ft' jo 2 years, Mrs A. Watson took first |* prize, and Mrs Oilman second. There [f\ were H entries. For children between U;9_»nd 6 n onths Mrs Lee was first and !rs Barclay second. There were four itriea Others awards were.—Child n 9to 6 months, Mrs Marton 1, rs • Webster 2, 6 entries; baby 6 onth or under, 12 entries; Mrs M. irclay 1: Mrs Wiess 2; Native child n; Mrs W. Tini 1. Mrs Byin was dge. The foot races, both for men and iys, were keenly contested, and there are close finishes. The competitions d good business all day. There was .-.- » very large number of entries in the V" pillow fighting contest, and the places were difficult to decide. Ice cream stalls, tea-rooms, and re- ** freshment booths, as well as fruit and sweet stalls, did a flourishing trade throughout tbe day. Tbe resul of tbe gala should mrr crease the amount of tbe Relief Fund ".considerably.
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LITTLE RIVER GALA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3465, 29 December 1914