PATATFEES SPECIAL BULLETIN
Patatfees 2012 dates: 15, 16 & 17 June

ALL VILLAGERS ARE INVITED TO GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF PATATFEES AT AN INFORMAL, FUN GET-TOGETHER AT 5PM TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY 9 MAY AT THE NAPIER RETIREMENT VILLAGE. WE WILL DISCUSS SCARECROWS, VILLAGE FLOATS AND OTHER MATTERS OF GRAVE IMPORTANCE, OVER A FEW GLASSES OF WINE AND SOME SNACKS! (LOADS OF FUN GUARENTEED!)

The Patatfees Committee would like to share with you their progress with regard to Patatfees 2012:

Programme
The programme is on track and all the advertisement slots have been sold. Our Layout artist, Glyn Silberman, is busy finalising our first draft. There are a few empty lines available in the EVENTS section - so please contact us asap if you still have something you want to advertise in the programme. R50.00 per line

1/2 Marathon and Mountain Bicycle Race
Everything is right on track (excuse the pun). Tom, Engela and David have been very busy to see that all will run smoothly, now we are just waiting for the runners and cyclists to come pouring into our village.

Stalls
They are busy filling up, so if any of our locals have not booked yet, please do so. We hope to see a good attendance again this year which should result in a bumper festival. Stalls are still only 150.00 + electrical plug is R200.00. Stalls will be running from 08H00 till about 15H00.

Friday Afternoon "market" and car boot sale at Agri
Jane Thompson did a wonderful job organizing this in 2011and we hope to have another bumper Friday afternoon market this year. Anyone interested in selling "stuff" - either from a car boot or table, should contact Jane on 082 4255474, to book. It's free!

Art Route
This is once again scheduled for Friday 15th June, directly after the Car Boot Sale/Market above. Contact Riek Creative for more details.

3 BRAND-SPANKING-NEW EVENTS FOR 2012!

From 1pm, Alan Ratcliffe and Yvonne Kissane present the finals of the Muzo's competition. This will be held in the school hall, a previously unused venue. This mid to late-afternoon event means that stall holders can hopefully expect support in the form of crowds until at least 3pm.

The second new and very exciting event scheduled for the school hall, is the cooking demonstration. Using the school hall again means that everything is pulled together nicely - from the stalls at the top with the Wine & Beer Hall, to the netball field where as always, there will be a Vintage Car and Tractor exhibition.

The third event is "The Amazing Race", which will be starting on the Netball field once the Vintage Cars have left to take part in the parade. This is a children's event and for more details you can contact Lindy Warren at the Media House, or Elaine Hodgson on 082 6382041.

Main Road Scarecrows
Riek Creative is really getting involved in Patatfees this year, and thanks to them we are really going to impress our visitors with our 2 village entrances, and our Main Rd. In previous years, our locals have made spectacular scarecrows, and we are hoping for an even bigger display this year. The scarecrows made an enormous impression on our visitors - so lets not disappoint them in 2012. Whether or not you live on Sarel Cilliers Str, you are welcome to bring a scarecrow or two down to the Main Road. More about this on Wednesday, 9 May at the Napier Retirement Village at 17H00. We will have scarecrows from previous years on show and some practical advice from their owners. Please join us for a drink or two and snacks to get into the spirit of the Napier Patatfees.

Here are links to ten ideas for displays:
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

Parade
Last year's parade through the main road was a huge success and we hope to repeat the excercise again this year. We will have the Vintage Cars and Tractors etc going through the village as usual, but we also want Villagers to make FLOATS! Michaela from our local Excercise studio made a fabulous float last year, as did Jane Thompson and her team, and Nuwerus Nasorg. Come on guys, rally around and get creative - decorate a bakkie or a car or dress up and take part in the parade on foot!

Open Gardens
We have three beautiful gardens on show this year - Alma de Kock's farm garden, the Napier Retirement Village's indigenous gardens, and possibly Marion & Henry Naude's eco-friendly garden - we await confirmation of their participation.

The above from the Patatfees committee.
Until next time
Mark

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