Youngsters craft trophies for contest (+video)

By Shauni James

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Local shops and businesses are being encouraged to get into the spirit of the upcoming Rotorua Bike Festival by entering its display competition.

Businesses that dress up their window or workplace in bike theme during the festival, February 12 to February 21, will be in to win prizes and trophies.

Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust member Priscilla Kirk said the competition aimed to get more community involvement in the event and to have Rotorua show its biking culture.

The Trust has invited local bike builder Jeff Anderson and his two sons to make the trophies for the competition winners, she said.

"They have put a big effort into it."

The two trophies would be mini bike frames on kickstands, have disc wheels that turned and a plate to say what they were for, Mr Anderson said.

They would be about 300mm high by 500mm long, he said.

He said 9-year-old Miles and 12-year-old Dylan were doing 90 per cent of the work.

"Their enthusiasm to build it has been a lift for them.

"They are very, very excited."

Brazing, a unique and traditional form of welding which has been around for hundreds of years, was being used to make the trophies, Mr Anderson said.

Dylan said he was doing all the welding for the first trophy, as well as bead blasting and polishing.

He said he was happy it would be presented to the winners "because it's my work". The process had taken about five days so far.

His favourite part was "probably the welding, because it's one of the simplest".

Making the trophies had been an opportunity for his sons to experience starting and finishing a goal, and to show them the value of their work was appreciated, Mr Anderson said.

The two categories are Best Bike Shop and Best Other.

Other parts of the premises are able to be decorated if a window is not possible.

A gallery of all entries will be created and uploaded to the Rotorua Bike Festival Facebook page.

The winners will be notified towards the end of the festival and chosen by the Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust.

For more information contact Priscilla Kirk on 021 941 800.

-To enter, take a picture and send to media@rotoruabikefestival.com by February 18.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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