Big rides well received

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Gore Kids Hub Organisers have received some great feedback following their second Big Rides Day.

Hub trustee Bronnie Grant said about 440 tickets were sold for children to ride in their choice of machinery on Sunday.

The final figure had not been finalised.

Mrs Grant said organisers learnt a lot from the first event two years ago.

“We had two loops this time, which provided a lot more quality rides.

Friends Lachlan Blatch (left) and Gus Tisdall (both 4), and of Gore, shift the sand at the Big Rides Day on Saturday.

“They also ensured people were well spread throughout the shed [Southern Field Days Agricentre] where we had lots to do from one end to the other,”

Adults received free entry and it made for a really good family day out, she said.

 Aidan Bennett (8 months), of Waimumu, did not have to travel far for the Big Rides Day.

Rides included tractors, fire trucks, a Noddy train, an army Unimog vehicle, a milk tanker, a traction engine and a concrete mixer.

The Case QuadTrac and Harvester proved the most popular, she said.

Mrs Grant said the Gore Kids Hub hoped to run the event every two to three years.

“With the fundraiser we are reliant on businesses and companies to help provide us with equipment at a reasonable cost to them.

“We wouldn’t expect that of them every year and we are very appreciative of them giving up their Sunday and providing the machinery to make it possible.”