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Gymkhana Sports Club Christmas Party

Doi Kham Fair 2003 and 3rd Agricultural Fair held at CMU

Gymkhana Sports Club Christmas Party

Marion Vogt
Photos: Michael Vogt

The Gymkhana Sports Club Christmas Party after the yearly Christmas Golf tournament, enjoys a long tradition amongst the members and friends of the club.

This year’s Christmas party had over 300 people attending. Plenty of Christmas cheers (and beers), a huge buffet including giant suckling pigs, turkey and spicy ‘som tam’, and other Thai specialties.

Gymkhana Chairman Preecha Kovitaya gave his welcoming address and thanked everybody for participating in the tournament, attended by far more people than expected. Some of the golfers had to finish after the sun went down.

The first entertainers of the night happened to be a ‘girls group’, and you could hear the murmur ‘Chiang Mai Spice Girls’ going from table to table.

Shortly afterwards there was the raffle draw, with door prizes including rice cookers, a microwave, TV, blenders and the main prize, a big blue refrigerator.

The sports trophy went to 13 year old Pitachon who studies at Prince Royal College and who only started to play golf one year ago. He received the new trophy which was sponsored by Gymkhana committee member Dante Valdellon and will stay at the club house for future years with the names of all winners of the Christmas golf tournaments engraved upon it.

Mr. MacDonald from Phuket took part in the Christmas golf tournament for the 20th time. He won 3rd prize. He is seen here with Patthamaporn (Khun Awn), manager of the White Lotus Restaurant in Chiang Mai.

Renita Bromley won the main raffle prize, which was so heavy it needed three people to carry it to her seat. The contents of the box will be enough to have a huge New Year’s party without anybody staying sober.

Chiengmai Gymkhana Club chairman, committee members and MCs address the audience to wish everyone the best for the festive season.

The biggest, heaviest and ‘hardest to carry home’ door prize went to the secretary of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance, Peter Dawson.

The Chiang Mai Spice Girls entertained the audience with international pop songs.

The first prize in the musical chairs was a huge panda bear.

The stunningly decorated 150 year old tree.
(Photo by Natchawi Srirat)

Everybody joined in the Karaoke.

Linda Buck receiving her lucky door prize. (Was it a cricket bat?)


Doi Kham Fair 2003 and 3rd Agricultural Fair held at CMU

Popularity brings traffic jams and parking problems

Chin Ratitamkul

The Doi Kham Fair 2003 and the 3rd Agricultural Fair Northern Region took place at the Arts and Culture Center area of Chiang Mai University on Nimmanhaemin Road. HSH Bhisadej Rajani, the chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, graciously presided over the opening ceremony on behalf of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and toured the various sections.

Prof Dr. Phongsak Angasit, the CMU vice president and the fair’s organizing committee chairman, said the activity was the part of celebration of the 72nd Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The objective was to praise HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, publicizing the activities of Royal Project, and demonstrating technology transfer in agricultural production and related research, development, and network cooperation for farmers.

The fair drew thousands of visitors every night, resulting in traffic jams and parking difficulties. This is an ongoing problem that the organizers must face before next year.

HSH Bhisadej Rajani chose products from the Royal Project.

HSH Bhisadej Rajani cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Agricultural products on display.

One of the many impressive showpieces at the fair.

The hill tribe dance group.




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