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Despite tbe gloomy aspect of tbe weather at the beginning of the day, and tbe unpleasant and fitful drizzle wbicb did its best to put a damper on Boxing Day festivities in general, tbe Little River Gala wag a great success Holiday makers disregarding tbe weather, were bent on a good day's enjoyment, especially tbe children. Many visitors from Christeburoh and surrounding districts took advantage of a special train, and a constant stream of people wended their way from tbe station to the spaoious Awa Iti Domain during tbe early part of tbe morning, to sample tbe many attractions provided All tastes were catered for. There was a good pro gramme of atheletio events, inoluding foot races, greasy pig hunt, nail driving competition, tug of war, pillow fighting, etc Numerous tents bad been erected for the side shows, one of tbe most popular of which was a Maori entertainment organised by a looal band of Natives wbo gave hat-as, poi dances, etc., in most vigorous manner. Other sideshows comprised Punch and Judy, Maori curios, box ball, telegraph office, hoop la, fish pond, cheap Jacks, oocoanut shies, Kaiser Bill, and doodlum buck.

The tastefully decorated and well displayed stalls were a souroe of great attraction, tbeir wares being energetically eulogised by charming young ladies who managed to coax money from all. The jumble stall, Kaituna and Gebbie's Valley variety stall, fruit, soft drinks, ice cream and badges, as well as the lunoheon and tea tents, all came in for their share of patronage. One of the most interesting of the stalls for exhibition only was that displaying the various stages in tbe life of a silkworm, and tbe finished silk product. The results of tbe various events were as follows:—

100 yds open (13) -T. ooleman 1, W. M;t» ohell 2.

220 yds open handicap (5)-W. Mitchell (lOvds) 1, G Londrigan (20yd*) 2. 440ydb open handicap (4)—B Birdling (30yds) 1, T. Coleman (scr) 2 Half mile open handicap—A Hillary (XWyde) 1, T. Boberieon (90ydi) 2

Nail driving competition—Mi's Hettie Vanptone 1, Misb Gladys Clough 2 Tug of war—Kaituna team 1, '!B.a_" team 2 Greasy pig race C Londrigan 1. Potato race—N Hillary 1. <, Sheep weight guessing competition—H. Lewthwait* 1 (97J). actual weight 97£ Ib, Limb weight guessing competition— S, Le oompte and M. Barclay 1 (79). Aotual weitiht 791b. Stepping competition— B. Barolay IJ. W. Cossar 2. The Sporti programme, unfortunately, had to be considerably curtailed owing to tbe rain which fell heavily during he latter part of tbe afternoon, and many events which should have proved interesting were consequently abandoned, competitors, judges, and spectators alike making with all speed for the nearest available bltlter. Several raffles weie promoted during tbe day, inoluding that of a handsomely worked Union Jack cushion, made and presented by Mis T White, senr, a pipe in oase presented by 'Mr D Richards, a bowl presented by Mr W H Montgomery, and a c«ke-dißh presented by Mrs J F Buchanan. Theso articles were responsible for an addition to the day's takings of about £8 The sucoess of the day, in spite of the i»clement weather, was largely doe to tbe efforts of Mr V H Line, tbe able orcani ing secretary; Mr H Lewthwaite, assistant secretary ; Mr T Quealey, treasurer, and the General Committee, consisting of Messrs J P Buohanan (chairman). J V Chapman. H Chapman; J 0 Coop, W Radford, W F Parkinson, J C C Gebbie, T Tbompaon, T Feather, W H Montgomery, and F G Birdling. It is estimated that the day's takings will amount to about £150.

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LITTLE RIVER GALA, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915

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LITTLE RIVER GALA Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915

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