Steamologists to host family fun

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Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists members Trevor McKenzie and Marie Crowe try out their kites ahead of the society's Great Southern Excursion Play Time which will also be open to the public later this month in Riverton.

KITE flying, ‘games from yesteryear’ and a car trek are some of the old-fashioned, family orientated fun events everyone has been invited to.

Hosted by the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists, the group has invited everyone to join in the fun at its “free family day out” as part of the society’s Great Southern Excursion Playtime on Saturday, October 12, in Riverton.

Co-organiser Angela Gibbs said the day would be filled with good old-fashioned family fun.

Those interested in taking part in the car trek should meet at the Riverton RSA car park in Palmerston St before 10am. The trek would take people throughout the seaside town searching for clues and answers to questions, she said.

Prizes were on offer, including for the vehicle with the number of kilometres travelled which was closest to the organisers’ expected amount.

The kite flying, teapot racing and old-fashioned games, such as egg and spoon and sack-type of races, with a steampunk twist, would be held at Taramea Bay, Riverton, from 1pm, with a traditional lolly scramble at 3pm.

People were asked to bring their own kites, digital camera for the car trek and lunch.

There would also be prizes for the Playtime challenges, including the kite flying for the highest flown, the smallest, the largest, most original, most entertaining and possibly the most dive-bomb-y, Mrs Gibbs said.

“Extra points may be awarded for creativity and quirkiness, at the judge’s discretion.”

Steampunk attire was optional, she said.

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